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Recent articles by Nita:

East Africa: Locust Swarms in East Africa

Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are being ravaged by the worst locust outbreak in decades → Read More

Somalia Executes Two Men By Firing Squad for Girl's Gang Rape and Murder

The killing triggered demonstrations calling for authorities to enforce a law to secure justice in the east African nation, where rape victims are stigmatized → Read More

East Africa: Smart Drones to Be Tested in Battle Against E. Africa Locust Swarms

The impact on the region's food supply could be enormous - a locust swarm of a square kilometre is able to eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people → Read More

Ugandan Medics Deploy AI to Stop Women Dying After Childbirth

The gadget transmits patients' data such as respiratory rate, pulse, and blood pressure to a desktop or mobile platform - algorithms detect at-risk cases and alert doctors → Read More

East Africa: Climate Change Linked to African Locust Invasion

Hundreds of millions of the insects have swept over the Horn of Africa in the worst outbreak in a quarter of a century, says the United Nations → Read More

Climate change linked to African locust invasion

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change may be powering the swarms of desert locusts that have invaded eastern Africa, ravaging crops, decimating pasture and deepening a hunger crisis, locust and climate experts said. → Read More

Kenya: African LGBT+ Refugees Plead UN for Safe Shelter After Kenya Camp Attacks

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya's sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks. → Read More

Africa: Smart Solar Pumps Use Big Data to Stop Africa Being Sucked Dry

The pumps' sensors record real-time data such as energy usage and pump speed in each location, which is then used to calculate groundwater extraction rates and levels → Read More

Kenyan Scientist Builds With Bottles to Beat Plastic Pollution

'Eco Blocks and Tiles' is the first company in Kenya to manufacture roof tiles and other construction materials from plastic and glass waste Hope Mwanake understands the plastic pollution crisis facing Kenya better than most. → Read More

Kenya: When Did You Last See an African Video Game Hero? Asks Kenya's Usiku Games

What's wrong with being a plucky hero running from demon monkeys or a glamourous model in dress up games? Players get sucked into worlds full of violence and unhealthy body images, according to Jay Shapiro, co-founder of Kenya-based Usiku Games. → Read More

U.S. raps global health summit over abortion, sex education

Heads of state, financial institutions and donors have gathered in Nairobi to address maternal mortality, violence against women and voluntary family planning → Read More

Africa: The Cost to Stop Women Dying in Childbirth By 2030? 46 Military Aircrafts

Countries need about $264 billion - the equivalent cost of 110 military aircrafts - to end maternal deaths, gender based violence, child marriage, and provide family planning to all women by 2030, said a United Nations study. → Read More

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022

Kenya's president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation. → Read More

Kenya Hosts Global Sexual Health Summit Amid Protests From Catholics, Pro-Life Groups

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation. → Read More

Kenya Vows to Cut Emissions as Dirty Stoves and Fuels Kill 21,500 a Year

Cooking with fuels such as charcoal and firewood produces high levels of carbon dioxide, as well as contributing to deforestation and climate change → Read More

Kenyan Census Results a 'Big Win' for Intersex People

1,524 people said they were intersex, a figure campaigners said was low and attributed to widespread stigma and low awareness → Read More

Uganda Arrests 16 LGBT+ Activists for Gay Sex

Uganda said on Thursday it had arrested 16 LGBT+ activists on suspicion of gay sex - punishable with life in jail - in what campaigners called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities in the east African nation. → Read More

Somalia: Peacebuilding in Somalia

Climate change is hampering peacebuilding in Somalia as droughts and floods strengthen the hand of militants and weaken the power of government, a report said on Wednesday. → Read More

Uganda: Attacks On LGBT+ Ugandans Seen Rising After Minister Proposes Death for Gay Sex

Uganda has seen a rise in attacks on LGBT+ people since a minister proposed bringing back the death penalty for gay sex, campaigners said on Tuesday, warning anti-gay rhetoric was fuelling homophobia. → Read More

Uganda Plans Bill Imposing Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Nairobi - Uganda announced plans on Thursday for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation. → Read More