Nita Bhalla,

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Recent articles by Nita:

Kenyan Hip Hop Artist Juliani Stages Online Concert to Highlight Coronavirus Divide

Popular Kenyan hip hop artist Juliani will stage an online concert on Sunday to draw attention to the social inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused multiple challenges for the country's poor. → Read More

South Sudan: First War, Now COVID-19 Threatens South Sudanese in Crowded Camp

Two people have tested positive in a crowded South Sudanese camp housing 30,000 people → Read More

Sudan Makes Female Genital Cutting a Crime in 'New Era' for Women's Rights

Sudan says those perform female genital mutilation will face three years in jail → Read More

Kenyan Court Refuses to Lift Ban On Acclaimed Lesbian Romance Film

Rafiki was banned in Kenya in 2018 on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality in a country where gay sex is a criminal offence → Read More

Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-to-Door to Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

Authorities are concerned villagers may take advantage of COVID-19 school closures to perform FGM on girls → Read More

Somalia Races to Save Livelihoods As New Locust Generation Spawns

A second generation of desert locusts has spawned just as crops are being planted for the new season → Read More

Africa: Arrests, Evictions and Scapegoating

LGBT+ Africans suffer persecution, hardships as COVID-19 cases rise → Read More

Kenya: Investigation After Gay Refugee Found Dead At UN Refugee Office in Kenya

Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, with punishment of up to 14 years in prison → Read More

E. Africa's female flower workers lose jobs as virus hits exports

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the extreme vulnerability of East Africa's mostly female flower workers → Read More

'It's Harder Here' - African Climate Strikers Lack Support, Says Kenyan Teen

'It's not like in the West where there is a lot more understanding of climate change and therefore more support from family, school and the media for youth activists. It's much harder here.' → Read More

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