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Mothers, sisters, wives: Kenyan women lead fight against police violence – The New Humanitarian (image)

Mothers, sisters, wives: Kenyan women lead fight against police violence – The New Humanitarian

September 3, 2020

‘When we lose our fear, they lose their power!’ Meet the women fighting back against police brutality in Kenya.

Kenya Is Trying to End Child Marriage. But Climate Change Is Putting More Young Girls at Risk – TIME Magazine (image)

Kenya Is Trying to End Child Marriage. But Climate Change Is Putting More Young Girls at Risk – TIME Magazine

August 13, 2020

In north-east Kenya, climate change is driving up rates of child marriage. I traveled to Marsabit county for TIME Magazine to meet the child brides of this region and tell their stories. Video by the talented Vania Turner and Will Swanson.

Kenya’s teen pregnancy crisis: More than COVID-19 is to blame – The New Humanitarian (image)

Kenya’s teen pregnancy crisis: More than COVID-19 is to blame – The New Humanitarian

July 13, 2020

‘When you talk about women’s empowerment… it’s going to be affected by what is happening right now.’

Read my latest on the systemic challenges – including lack of funding for reproductive health services and a lack of comprehensive sexuality education in Kenyan schools – contributing to a long history of high teenage pregnancy rates in the country.

Balcony churches: Kenyans find new ways to worship in lockdown – The Guardian (image)

Balcony churches: Kenyans find new ways to worship in lockdown – The Guardian

June 29, 2020

With no date set for religious buildings to reopen, an innovative priest brings his own brand of musical service to apartment complexes.

Coronavirus threatens China’s Belt and Road. What happens when it wants half a trillion dollars back? – Los Angeles Times (image)

Coronavirus threatens China’s Belt and Road. What happens when it wants half a trillion dollars back? – Los Angeles Times

May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a global recession that threatens the colossal international loan program that is a symbol of China’s growing prestige and a centerpiece of President Xi Jinping’s reign. The Belt and Road Initiative — China’s effort to finance nearly half a trillion dollars in new infrastructure across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America — took flight during a period of global expansion and easy travel that has now slammed into a sober reckoning. Beijing faces mounting calls to reschedule loans for shipping hubs, electrical plants and transport links that look unsustainable as economies struggle and globalization slows. 

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access – Foreign Policy (image)

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access – Foreign Policy

May 4, 2020

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse.

East African truck drivers carrying essential goods cross-border may also be transmitting Covid-19 – Quartz (image)

East African truck drivers carrying essential goods cross-border may also be transmitting Covid-19 – Quartz

April 28, 2020

Uganda is concerned that East African truck drivers carrying essential goods from Kenya and Tanzania may also being transmitting Covid-19 along their routes and between borders. My latest on the pandemic for Quartz.

Kenya’s 3D printing community is making Covid-19 equipment to fill a deficit as caseloads rise – Quartz (image)

Kenya’s 3D printing community is making Covid-19 equipment to fill a deficit as caseloads rise – Quartz

April 15, 2020

As Kenya prepares for a rise in novel coronavirus cases, 3D printing companies are designing and printing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and parts for medical devices to address the expected deficit in the country. Read my latest for Quartz Africa here.

Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger – Quartz (image)

Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger – Quartz

April 10, 2020

An infestation of desert locusts first arrived in East Africa last June, feeding on hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops and pastureland and chomping a path of destruction through at least eight countries. Scientists say these devastating insects never left East Africa: in fact, favorable wet conditions due to above average rainfall this season means they are likely to achieve two generations of new breeding by June this year, increasing their population size up to 400 times. Read my latest for Quartz Africa here.

‘Most of the men are your enemies’: one woman’s crusade in Somalia – The Guardian (image)

‘Most of the men are your enemies’: one woman’s crusade in Somalia – The Guardian

April 9, 2020

Ibado Mohammed Abdulle is a counsellor, friend and campaigner for women who have been made refugees in their own country by the impact of the climate crisis. Read my story from Somaliland here.