Produced by Anthony LaBruto
December 08, 2023
Ugandan Youth Activist Speaks on Gender-Based Violence Activism
As the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence comes to a close, VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Inviolah Nambi, Ugandan gender-based violence activist and child welfare advocate, about her work combating gender-based violence in the capital city, Kampala’s Nakawa Division and in schools throughout Uganda.
November 28, 2023
Online Youth Engagement in the Israel-Hamas War
Social media is giving young people across the world instant and almost unlimited access to both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict that shape their opinions, unlike their parents in earlier major geopolitical conflicts. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto investigates how social media is impacting young people’s perception of the war and their own place within it.
November 24, 2023
Additional Aid Enters Gaza on First Day of Ceasefire
The first hostages have been released in Gaza following the start of the four-day truce in the Israel-Hamas war. Leonard Rubenstein, a human rights lawyer and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells VOA’s Carol Van Dam it is a hopeful day for Palestinians, Israelis and others around the world who want to see an end to hostilities in the region.
November 17, 2023
Ghana Takes Lead in Calling for Reparations for Slave Trade in Africa
Delegates at a reparations summit in Ghana agreed this week to establish a Global Reparation Fund to push for overdue compensation for millions of Africans enslaved centuries ago during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, who hosted the Accra Reparation Conference, said the world can no longer ignore accountability for more than 10 million Africans uprooted from the continent during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. VOA's Anthony LaBruto reports.
November 14, 2023
Analyst: Africa Union Lacks Firm Position on Israel-Hamas Conflict
The African continent’s leaders have taken divided positions since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7th. The African Union has remained relatively silent on the issue compared to individual member states such as South Africa due to its goal of presenting unified solutions for the continent. For an analysis into the complicated position the Africa Union holds in the Israel-Hamas conflict, VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart spoke to Michael Walsh, a Senior Fellow in the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Institute.
November 04, 2023
Washington-Based Gallery Hosts African Modernism Works
The Washington-based Phillips Collection, a museum of modern art, has debuted an exhibition titled "African Modernism in America: 1947 to 1967," exploring the relationship between contemporary African artists and American cultural institutions in the context of the intertwined histories of the Cold War, decolonization and civil rights. The artworks also represent the diverse artistic practices that emerged in Africa from the 1940 through the 1960s. For more, VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart spoke to VOA’s Jackson Mvunganyi live from the Phillips Collection art gallery.
November 03, 2023
US to Expel Four African Countries from AGOA
U.S. and African trade representatives are gathering in South Africa for the annual African Growth and Opportunity Act forum. AGOA gives eligible African countries duty-free access to the U.S. market. U.S. President Joe Biden plans to drop four countries from the trade program, Uganda, Gabon, Niger and the Central African Republic, for what the U.S. says is gross violations of human rights and failure to protect the rule of law. VOA’s Haydé Adams spoke to U.S. trade and investment analyst, Dennis Matanda, about the impact of President Biden’s decision.
October 25, 2023
Stalemate in US Congress Blocks International Funding
The U.S. House of Representatives Republicans' leadership fight dragged into a 23rd day on Wednesday, with the narrow majority trying to unite around Representative Mike Johnson after ousting their leader and blocking three potential replacements. The long standoff, started by a handful of party hardliners angry about a bipartisan deal that averted a partial government shutdown, has left the chamber unable to respond to the wars in the Middle East and Ukraine, or to take action to keep federal agencies funded past Nov. 17. For more on the implications of the U.S. federal budget, VOA's Vincent Makori spoke to VOA's Jackson Mvunganyi outside the U.S. Capital.
October 24, 2023
Can Long-Term Peace be Achieved in Israel-Hamas Conflict?
As the Israel-Palestine conflict continues and with the threat of an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza imminent- is peace a viable option? VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to local faith leaders and scholars in the Washington, D.C. area about what peace would look like for the region in the short term and what additional steps could be taken to ensure peace lasts.
October 10, 2023
Friend of Family Slain by Hamas Speaks on Atrocity
A photograph of a father, mother and the three children caught in the crossfire following Hamas's surprise attack against Israel has been circulating online. The family was killed over the weekend when the Palestinian militant group entered their safe room, located near the Gaza- Israel border where they were sheltering. Earlier, VOA's Linord Moudou spoke to the Dor Pundark, a friend of the family who was in contact moments before they went silent.
October 06, 2023
Analyst: US House of Representatives in Disarray Over Speaker Removal
Washington is reeling from the unprecedented removal of Kevin McCarthy from his position as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The move has left the House in a state of disarray and with an extended recess for the remainder of the week, while Republicans use the time to unify their ranks and prepare for the election of a new Speaker scheduled for the following week. Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and professor of political science at George Washington University tells VOA’s Carol Van Dam the House is operating under an untested rule since this marks the first time ever a U.S. Speaker has been expelled.
October 03, 2023
VOA Creole Chief Reacts to Kenyan Police Moving to Haiti
Haitians’ reaction to the United Nations Security Council’s decision to move Kenyan police to the country remain mixed, with strong doubts that the force will be able to take on the established Haitian gangs entrenched in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. VOA Creole Service Chief Sandra Lemaire spoke to Africa 54 on the decision and its impact for Haiti.
October 03, 2023
Morocco Pledges $11.7 Billion to Help Earthquake Victims
Morocco’s government this week has pledged $11.7 billion US dollars to help victims of the recent 6.8 magnitude earthquake rebuild homes, businesses, and infrastructure over the next five years. With an expected 4.2 million Moroccan people now looking for some form of aid, how are non-governmental organizations helping such a large section of Morocco’s population in the longer term? VOA’s Anthony LaBruto has more.
September 14, 2023
Rebuilding Remote Villages in Morocco
In Morocco, the damage caused by the most powerful earthquake to hit the North African country in over 100 years has caused unimaginable destruction. VOA’s Anthony Labruto spoke to Mehrdad Sasani, a professor of civil engineering at Northeastern University, on why the earthquake was so devastating to remote areas and how authorities should rebuild going forward.
September 12, 2023
Moroccan Resident Details Challenges of Earthquake Rescues
Badder Manaouch, a primary school teacher and social worker in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco spoke to VOA’s Anthony LaBruto about the challenges reaching the epicenter of the quake in the remote mountainous villages because of landslides and avalanches. Manaouch also talks about government response he witnessed and how the Moroccan locals have come together to help those in need.
September 06, 2023
Climate Change Conversation Shifts to African Perspectives
Climate change scholars gathered at the Washington-based University of Southern California Annenberg building for a first-of-its-kind forum designed to engage experts from both the United States and Africa to find continent-driven solutions to the effects of climate change. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto attended the event and interviewed participants.
September 01, 2023
Gabonese Citizen Reacts to Army Leaders Announcement
The Gabonese public has mixed reactions to the ouster of President Ali Bongo. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Francoise Ngoghe, a Libreville-based civic candidate and political secretary of international relations for the 7MP Parti.
August 17, 2023
More Senegalese Migrant Deaths Reported Off Cape Verde Coast
Migrants are continuing to make perilous journeys by boat from West Africa in search of better opportunities in Europe. Most recently, off the coast of Cape Verde, dozens of Senegalese migrants were feared dead Thursday after their boat capsized. Life threatening journeys like these continue to persist, but for those who survive and return to the continent what happens next? VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Alioune Fall, president of Sama Chance, a migrant reintegration organization in Senegal, to understand how migrants are successfully brought back into African communities.
August 14, 2023
Nigerien Youth Coup Reaction
The military coup in Niger, unlike previous ones in West Africa, has elicited strong support from young people in the country. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Zakaraiou Kanda, a Nigerien native, about why the military takeover is seen a unifying and inspiring event for young people across Niger.
August 12, 2023
Zimbabwe SDG Young Leader Reflects on International Youth Day
In preparation for the 2023 International Youth Day, youth from across the world are encouraged to create and exchange ideas following this year’s theme, “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World.” Paul Ndhlovu, a spotlight member of the United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, is taking the conversation to the airwaves to educate fellow Zimbabweans on people living with HIV/AIDS. He spoke to VOA’s Anthony LaBruto on how he’s planning on observing this year’s celebrations.