Neha Wadekar

Journalist

Kenyan Activist Boniface Mwangi Campaigns Despite Death Threats (1 of 2) – Periscope/Storyhunter Livestream

June 2, 2017

Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi registers to run in Kenya’s 2017 elections despite receiving death threats.

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Graffiti Girls Kenya – Now This HER

June 1, 2017

These female artists in Nairobi, Kenya are using graffiti as a form of therapy.

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Somalia Drought Decimates Livestock – Voice of America

April 6, 2017

Severe drought is threatening the lives and livelihoods of Somali herders. Disease and starvation are killing their animals. I joined a team of veterinarians trying to save the remaining livestock.

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

April 7, 2017

Severe drought has displaced nearly half a million people in Somalia. In the Puntland region, herders who have lost their livestock are now seeking refuge in urban areas. Those towns are struggling to deal with the influx of displaced families. Neha Wadekar has the story for VOA from the town of Qardho.

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This Is How Trump’s Abortion Policy Will Curb Life-Saving Health Care – ELLE

February 1, 2017

Quinter Atieno, 17, nearly died from three self-induced abortions using the traditional method of ingesting harmful drugs because she could not afford to visit a hospital or clinic. She was lucky. Atieno is just one of thousands upon thousands of women worldwide who, lacking access to contraceptives and safe abortion services, have turned to dangerous and often life-threatening procedures to end unwanted pregnancies.

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Kenyans say goodbye to President Obama – NYTimes FB Live

January 19, 2017

Join me in Nairobi as Kenyans say goodbye to President Barack Obama, whose father was born in Kenya in this #NYTimes Facebook live. I talked to locals about how they’re reacting to Obama leaving office, and their hopes for the incoming Donald J. Trump administration.

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Slum children given hands-on tech training – Associated Press

December 8, 2016

Children from some of the poorest neighbourhoods of Nairobi are being given a chance to become inventors through a new technology based learning program.

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Informal police groups can “easily turn into gangs” – Thomson Reuters Foundation

November 21, 2016

Police in Nairobi’s slums face serious dangers when doing their job. For some officers, the risk is too high, leading to underpolicing or overpolicing in some of the city’s most vulnerable communities. Kenya Police Chief Spokesman Charles Owino discusses policing in the slums, and touches on KPS’ response to a rise in informal security groups in these dangerous areas.

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Mathare youth fight against police violence – Stephen’s story – Thomson Reuters Foundation

November 21, 2016

Stephen Mwangi grew up in Mathare, one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums. As a child, he was exposed to police abuse of power, brutality and extrajudicial killings. These experiences led him to become a youth activist with the Mathare Social Justice Center, a group that works towards mobilizing the community to stand up for its rights through grassroots activism.

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From criminal to (unauthorised) law enforcer – Issac Muasa’s story – Thomson Reuters Foundation

November 21, 2016

Issac Muasa used to be a criminal in Mathare, one of Nairobi’s most notorious slums. After a near-death experience, he decided to change his ways, becoming a champion for his community. Believing his community would not be adequately protected by government or police, Muasa started a organization made up of young former criminals who patrol the streets at night as a deterrent to crime.

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On patrol with machetes, Kenya’s slum residents hustle for security – Thomson Reuters Foundation

November 21, 2016

Eighty former criminals and young men from one of Nairobi’s most dangerous neighbourhoods patrol its dark streets unauthorized, providing protection to a neighborhood largely left behind by police.

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Obama’s legacy and the U.S. election in Kenya – NYTimes FB Live

October 31, 2016

Want to hear what Kenyans think about President Barack Obama leaving office (he’s a fellow Kenyan)? What they think about the upcoming U.S. election? Check out my Facebook for #NYTimes live from Nairobi.

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