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Somalia Opens First Forensic Laboratory Dedicated to Rape Investigations – Voice of America (image)

Somalia Opens First Forensic Laboratory Dedicated to Rape Investigations – Voice of America

September 14, 2017

Somalia has opened its first forensic laboratory to process rape kits. Sexual assault is widespread in the country, according to human rights groups, but few victims come forward and few perpetrators are punished. The new forensic lab in Somalia’s Puntland region has been hailed as a step in the right direction, but a long road remains to end impunity for gender-based violence.

Graffiti Girls Kenya – Now This HER (image)

Graffiti Girls Kenya – Now This HER

June 1, 2017

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

Somalia Drought Decimates Livestock – Voice of America (image)

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.

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 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.

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

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.

Slum Children Given Hands-On Tech Training – Associated Press (image)

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.

Informal Police Groups Can “Easily Turn into Gangs” – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

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.

Mathare Youth Fight Against Police Violence – Stephen Mwangi’s Story – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

Mathare Youth Fight Against Police Violence – Stephen Mwangi’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.

From Criminal to (Unauthorised) Law Enforcer – Issac Muasa’s Story – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

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.

On Patrol with Machetes, Kenya’s Slum Residents Hustle for Security – Thomson Reuters Foundation (image)

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.