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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Thousands of Kenyan single mothers, widows use mobile money to escape poverty – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

Thousands of Kenyan single mothers, widows use mobile money to escape poverty – Thomson Reuters Foundation

December 8, 2016

Almost 200,000 Kenyan households, many headed by poor, rural women, have lifted themselves out of poverty using mobile money services, experts said on Thursday, calling for the technology to be introduced in other developing countries.

Armed with machetes, Kenyan slum residents hustle for security – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

Armed with machetes, Kenyan slum residents hustle for security – Thomson Reuters Foundation

November 21, 2016

Vigilante security groups in the Kenyan slums are one piece in a patchwork of informal survival strategies woven together by residents to improve their safety in places where muggings, break-ins and robberies are a routine part of life. The prevalence of private security providers, ranging from social networks and opportunistic enforcers to tireless local guardians, highlight the government’s failure to fulfill one of its core functions.

Rangers try gaming technology to protect African wildlife – Reuters (image)

Rangers try gaming technology to protect African wildlife – Reuters

September 30, 2016

The campaign to track down poachers and protect endangered species in Africa’s embattled reserves is tapping into the technology used in the virtual world of online poker and other computer games. A U.S.-funded initiative is applying artificial intelligence and game theory algorithms to predict the movement of poachers, helping rangers who are testing the new technology in Uganda to find illegal hunters and their animal traps.

Phones protect Uganda’s sex workers from police harassment – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

Phones protect Uganda’s sex workers from police harassment – Thomson Reuters Foundation

September 6, 2016

In Uganda, sex work is illegal and highly stigmatised, making women vulnerable to unlawful arrest, rape, bribery, beating and murder. Now, a new technology initiative has provided around 1,000 sex workers across Uganda with information-loaded digital memory cards so they can use their phones to learn how to protect themselves against violence, HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies.

Hundreds of Uber drivers in Kenya go on strike after price cuts – Reuters (image)

Hundreds of Uber drivers in Kenya go on strike after price cuts – Reuters

August 2, 2016

Hundreds of drivers signed up with ride-hailing service Uber in Kenya went on strike on Tuesday to protest against fare cuts. The U.S.-based company, which started operations in the East African country in January 2015, is cutting total fares by up to 35 percent to boost demand for the service, amid growing competition from local firms.