Teen Angolan Activist Begins Prison Hunger Strike
Could the next Malala hail from Angola? A teenage dissident in the southern African nation is on hunger strike, having been arrested for insulting the country’s leader. Nito Alvez printed T-shirts calling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos a “disgusting dictator,” and he has been imprisoned without trial for two months, including stints in solitary confinement. Alvez, 17, is a member of a youth movement that has repeatedly called for democratic reforms and the resignation of Dos Santos, who has ruled Angola for 34 years. With groups like Amnesty International calling for Alvez’s release, Dos Santos is learning that imprisoning a teenager is attracting far more critical attention than 20 homemade shirts ever could.