Neha Wadekar

Journalist

Kenya has its own “resistance” after disputed election – VICE

November 9, 2017

Kenya is experiencing an economic boycott against government-affiliated corporations, just one of many efforts spreading throughout the country and spearheaded by Kenyatta’s primary opposition, the NASA coalition. But resistance is not reserved to NASA supporters: a movement is rising against what many see as a slide away from Democracy in Kenya.

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Kenya is in a “battle for its soul” in historic election do-over – VICE News

October 26, 2017

Kenya’s historic Supreme Court decision to void President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 reelection victory based on voting irregularities was widely hailed as a testament to the strength and independence of the country’s judiciary. But a deteriorating political situation and uncertainty surrounding recently enacted election reforms is raising concerns about the country’s ability to hold a fair rerun of the vote on Thursday.

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Kenyan Democracy’s Missed Opportunity – The New Yorker

August 16, 2017

“I think this is Kenya’s wasted opportunity. Because, in contrast to all those other elections, less seems to have gone wrong this time. The question here is why? Why, even when the process is right, can Kenya not seize the opportunity to build public confidence in the state? And that’s the Kenyan conundrum.”

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Kenyan youth move toward issue-based voting, but tribal loyalty remains strong – GroundTruth Project

August 10, 2017

About 80% of Kenya’s population is younger than 35. Observers believe youth voters will move Kenyan politics away from tribal affiliation and towards issue-based voting. But some experts say tribal affiliation runs very deep.

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Opposition Claims Kenya’s Election Was Hacked, Fueling Fears of Unrest – Foreign Policy

August 9, 2017

Preliminary results show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta winning easily. But the opposition has rejected the results, raising the specter of post-election violence in Kenya’s 2017 election.

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions – Reuters

May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.

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Saray Khumalo Takes on Everest – VICE Sports

May 8, 2017

“I don’t need a man to climb a mountain,” says Khumalo, who hopes to become the first black African woman to summit the world’s highest peak.

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Pastoralists in Somalia’s Drought-stricken Puntland Fight for Survival – Voice of America

April 9, 2017

Somalia is being devastated by severe drought. Humanitarian organizations are racing to prevent a repeat of the 2011 famine that killed over 260,000 people in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Uganda welcomes more refugees daily than some in Europe annually, charity says – Thomson Reuters Foundation

January 25, 2017

Uganda welcomed more refugees each day in 2016 than many wealthy European countries received the entire year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Wednesday, seeking to debunk the myth that Mediterranean countries are being unfairly burdened.

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Warrior pose heals Somali women traumatised by war, abuse – Thomson Reuters Foundation

January 25, 2017

In Somalia, a new exercise class, modeled on the principals of yoga and mindfulness, is helping women and girls heal from the trauma of war. The class also draws Somalis struggling to overcome sexual violence, recruitment as child soldiers and the deaths of family members in suicide bombings.

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Deadly backstreet abortions to rise with Trump restrictions, say activists – Thomson Reuters Foundation

January 24, 2017

Thousands of women will die from unsafe abortions and millions will have unwanted pregnancies following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban U.S.-funded groups from discussing abortion. Trump reinstated the so-called global gag rule on Monday, affecting American non-governmental organizations working abroad, to signal his opposition to abortion, which is difficult to access legally in many developing countries due to restrictive laws, stigma and poverty.

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U.N. warns of famine risk in Somalia amid worsening drought – Thomson Reuters Foundation

January 17, 2017

Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, said on Tuesday, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war.

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