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Honors for Late Rwandan Musician Kizito Mihigo

On September 25, 2020, Kizito Mihigo was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize for Creative Dissent. He is the first posthumous recipient of this prize.. His the foundation promotes peace, reconciliation, and... READ MORE

Online Event: AFJN Office Blessing!

On October 14, 2020 the Africa Faith and Justice Network blessed their new office space virtually. Video of the event is available here and on the Africa Faith and Justice Network's YouTube... READ MORE

AFJN Expert: Aniedi Okure

Aniedi Okure is a Catholic priest and a member of the Order of Preachers (OP). Since 2011, he has served as the Executive Director of Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN). Under his... READ MORE

Welcome to Our 2020 Fall Intern, Iman Mekonen

Iman is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majors in international social justice studies and minors in political science. She is also studying Arabic as her language of choice. In the... READ MORE

AFJN Seeks New Executive Director

The African Faith & Justice Network (AFJN), a Catholic education and advocacy network based in Washington DC, seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead the network’s growing impact in Africa and the U.S.... READ MORE

AdNA Calls for Robust COVID-19 Funding for Africa

Despite these challenges, African countries are responding proactively. Governments and individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa have generated many innovative measures to address COVID-19 related challenges. Such initiatives deserve support READ MORE

Juneteenth – The Struggle Continues

Washington DC - Today’s holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States has garnered much attention and support given the nationwide protests that were sparked by the murder of... READ MORE

In the News: CALAR Declaration

The CALAR A Declaration: Africa Remember Who You Are has obtained media coverage around the globe. Read some of the highlights below. On May 29, 2020 the declaration was featured in the AMECEA... READ MORE

Challenges Facing Africa: 2019 in Review

Click here for highlights of what we have done about some of these challenges. An analysis of the challenges facing Africa over the years reveals a major perennial problem. Seemingly economic in nature,... READ MORE

What is Burning in Your Heart?

A Reflection on a Three-Day Workshop for Tanzania Catholic Association of Sisters “What is burning in your heart after these days?” asked one AFJN team member following the meeting of some seventy plus... READ MORE

Yes to Agroecology, No to Agro-colonialism

Africa Faith and Justice Network is one of the 176 organizations which signed a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres in effort to protect Africa’s food system against large scale... READ MORE

We are ready for a Successful Year 2020

Dear Supporters, Happy New Year to you and yours!We resumed work today, Thursday, the second day of the Year 2020 after New Year’s Day celebration. As the first order of business and to... READ MORE

Petition : STOP Afro-Phobia in South Africa

We raise the tone against xenophobia with all our energy and condemn these attacks in the strongest terms possible, as they defeat the spirit and potentialities of pan Africanism. Moreover, this cyclical violence... READ MORE

Welcome to our Fall Intern, Ebony Tyson

Ebony Tyson is a rising senior majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in which she recently interned for a volunteer management position... READ MORE

Diplomatic Ties Between Kenya and Somaliland

Kenya and Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia bordered by Ethiopia and Djibouti, are on the verge of diplomatic relations. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Kenya has dispatched the envoy Philip Mundia Githiora... READ MORE

Revolution and Counterrevolution in Sudan

In December 2018, thousands of people took to the streets in protests responding to cuts in subsidies for bread. The protests started in a small rural town and spread to major cities. Familiar... READ MORE

Kenyans Fearful of Ebola

The country of Kenya so far has remained free of the Ebola virus that has plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo and recently three cares were confirmed in Uganda. The fear of Ebola... READ MORE

Welcome 2019 Summer Intern Jerry Canto

Jerry Canto is from Guilford, Connecticut. He went to American University for undergrad, where he studied political science and economics. After graduating, he went into the Peace Corps for two years in Indonesia... READ MORE

List of Female African Presidents

Who is the first female President in Africa? How many female Presidents has Africa had so far? This is one of many unknown great stories of African women. In fact, the narrative we... READ MORE

U.S. – Africa Relations Hearing

On 26th March 2019, the Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) team  (Pictured with Congresswoman Karen Bass, in blue) attended the congressional hearing titled “Looking Forward: US-Africa Relations” by the House Subcommittee on... READ MORE

Was the Mugabe regime better than Mnangagwa’s?

Zimbabwe recently went through a change in government. In 2017, Robert Mugabe militarily removed via a coup that instated Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new president. The people of Zimbabwe were hopeful that Mnangagwa... READ MORE

A Glove that translates sign language

Roy Allela is a 25-year-old Kenyan engineer who has recently received recognition for inventing smart gloves that allow sign language to be translated into audio speech via an Android application. The inspiration behind... READ MORE

Africa in Global Perspective then and Now

Stop for a minute and think of the saying attributed to the Greek Philosopher    Heraclitus: “The only thing that is constant is change.” Then take a cursory look at the changes that have... READ MORE

Happy Independence Day to the D.R. Congo

Today, June 30th, marks the Independence Day public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On June 30th, 1960, DR Congo declared independence from its former colonial ruler Belgium. Patrice Lumumba was... READ MORE

Welcome to our 2018 Summer, Brandon Beck

Brandon Beck is a rising junior at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he majors in Political Science and Spanish and minors in Economics. Brandon has been active on his college campus in... READ MORE

AFJN Board Members remembered, Fr. Jim Noonon

Fr. Jim Noonon, Maryknoll Missionary from Vermont, died yesterday, May 7th, at the age of 83, from cancer. He was an extraordinary character — decent, empathetic, funny, humble, intelligent and strong. He served... READ MORE

Can Rwanda win an economic war against the US?

President Paul Kagame believes that to grow the garment industry in his country, his compatriots should wear clothes made in Rwanda. However, this cannot happen without doing something about the competing multibillion dollar... READ MORE

Welcome to our Fall 2018 Intern, Amie Culver

Amie graduated in December 2018, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at Oral Roberts University.  Her interest in civic involvement has developed from a young age. For many years she had volunteered... READ MORE

Meet a Shining African woman entrepreneur

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. After graduating from college in 2005, Betelhem founded “SoleRebels”, a footwear Company. After five years of its establishment, the company became the... READ MORE

Is Zimbabwe During and After President Mugabe the same?

On February 28, 2018 the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing on “Zimbabwe after Mugabe”.  Chipo Dendere, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor Amherst... READ MORE

Of Course We Can, Absolutely

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 10am to 12 noon, women religious in Nigeria will hold a national day of prayer and fasting across the country to uphold the sacredness of life. This... READ MORE

Slave auction in Libya is ongoing

On the Calendar of the liturgy of the Catholic Church we remember and celebrates today February 8th Josephine Bakhita, a former slave who as a child was sold by her kidnappers to Arab... READ MORE

Creating an oral-based social media platform

The use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp has grown exponentially on the African continent. In Mali, however, where the literacy rate is lower than average and oral tradition... READ MORE

South Sudan: a People Trampled

Thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Six years after independence, the martyrdom of South Sudan, told by an eyewitness, Father Daniele Moschetti, Comboni Missionary. Just over six years after... READ MORE

Welcome to Our Intern, Etsegenet Kedir

Etsegenet Kedir has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Lund University (Sweden). Her interests include public policy, advocacy and... READ MORE

Kenyan Men Redefining Masculinity

A question many people worldwide have been asking as of late has been, “Is masculinity in crisis?” Australian archeologist Peter McAllister believes so, saying, “Men are really searching for a role in modern... READ MORE

Across Africa in Photographs, 2017

Every year the BBC compiles the best photos of the year featuring the African continent and her peoples. These beautiful pictures showcase the reality of Africa in 2017. View the year in photographs... READ MORE

Anuak condemn attempts to delay Karuturi’s exit from Ethiopia

Anywaa Survival Organisation, Ethiopian Anuak Development Foundation, and Anuak Community Association in North America, with the strong support of international civil society and Anuak community leaders worldwide, call on the governments of Ethiopia and India to cease negotiations with... READ MORE

Local women changing Congo from within

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been named the rape capital of the world following studies that found 1,152 women are raped every day – a rate equal to 48 per hour, but... READ MORE

Kenya’s Maturing Democracy put to test by its Judiciary

An election is a process, not an event.’ This was the bold rationale provided by Chief Justice David Maraga in his brief remarks, after announcing that Kenya’s Supreme Court had nullified the August 8th Presidential election results, by a 4-2 vote margin. The... READ MORE

2017 Africa Braintrust

This year’s Africa Braintrust was held on September 22nd as part of the 2017 Congressional Black Caucus. The event was aimed at exploring the various ways the United States can renew and strengthen... READ MORE

Coffee Industry Revives in DRC, Ghana

Due to ongoing conflict in the 1990s and 2000s, coffee, which was once the second biggest export in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, suffered a drastic blow to its market. Donor funding... READ MORE

Secondary School Now Free in Ghana

While primary education has been free in Ghana since 1995, the government recently moved to make public high school free as well. Calling it a “necessary investment in the nation’s future workforce,” free... READ MORE

Harvesting to Heal

Three years following the Rwandan genocide, Sr. Mary Rose Mukukibogo founded the farming association Dususuruke to revitalize the agricultural economy. In the local language of Kinyarwanda, Dususuruke means “warm solidarity.” She was first... READ MORE

Female Parliamentarians in Sudan Setting Precedent

On the Sudanese Women Parliamentarians’ National Day, the first President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Dr. Gertrude Mongella of Tanzania, commended the work female parliamentarians have accomplished in Sudan. She remarked, “I have... READ MORE

The Challenges of Human Trafficking in Nigeria

One of the major problems in Nigeria is transnational human trafficking. Women, primarily from Benin City in Edo State are trafficked to Italy and other European countries for exploitation purposes. It is estimated... READ MORE

The United States and Africa in the Trump Era

On July 13, 2017, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held an event titled “America’s Relationship with Africa in a New Era.” The panel’s discussion was largely centered around their reactions to the... READ MORE

Rwandan Women Healing the Nation Post-Genocide

On June 26, 2017, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held an event titled “Women Guiding Peace After War: Lessons from Rwanda.” The panel discussed the incredible progress women have made since... READ MORE

Africa’s Education Needs

On June 15, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program in Washington DC held an an event titled “Transforming the Education Sector to Meet Africa’s 21st Century Needs.” The event  provided unique perspectives on... READ MORE

Rapping to Protect Youth From Emigration Dangers

Poor economic stability has been the ultimate factor driving Gambian emigration. Since gaining independence in 1965, Gambia has experienced high levels of unemployment, particularly among the younger generations. This problem has caused a... READ MORE

Protection and Assistance for IDPs in Africa

  Former UN Secretary General, Koffi Annan, once said: “Internal displacement is the great tragedy of our time. The internally displaced people are among the most vulnerable of the human family.” Millions of... READ MORE

The Current Situation on IDPs in Africa

In Africa, more than 13 million people are currently on the run in their own countries. We at Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) refuse to stand by and let this crisis remain... READ MORE

Kicking a Goal for Inclusivity

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda left the country deeply divided and hopeless. In an effort to re-establish a sense of community and restore hope, Felicite Rwemarika formed a women’s soccer team. Megan Specia,... READ MORE

Welcome to our Summer Intern, Madison Stewart

Madison Stewart is a rising senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she majors in political science with a minor in public administration. Madison has spent much of her academic career researching the... READ MORE

Listening to Heal a Nation

The Benebikira Sisters, the oldest indigenous congregation in Rwanda, have a number of nuns in their community referred to as “Sister Listeners.” Their job is simply to listen – to listen in order... READ MORE

Welcome to our Summer Intern, Jamie Vieson

Jamie Vieson is a senior at the University of Dayton, where she is double majoring in Human Rights Studies and Philosophy. She is also pursuing minors in Political Science and Women and Gender... READ MORE

Reward for Whistleblowers in Zimbabwe

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is offering a 5 percent reward to whistleblowers reporting on individuals and businesses hoarding, selling or illicitly funneling cash out of the country, RBZ governor John Mangudya... READ MORE

Africa Stands With Refugees

Somalia’s Minister of Health, Mohammed Abdullahi, recognizes Ethiopia’s admirable position of accepting refugees and offering support while other countries are closing their doors to refugees. There are currently over 800,000 refugees in Ethiopia,... READ MORE