Nita Bhalla,

Nita Bhalla


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Recent articles by Nita:

Uganda Probes Killing of 10 Refugees in Row With Locals Over Water

Uganda says it needs more funds to look after the 1.4 million refugees it hosts as dispute highlights tensions over resources → Read More

Africa: Fear of More Coronavirus-Like Pandemics As Land Rights 'Under Siege'

Researchers say securing the lands of indigenous people can help protect biodiversity and lower the risk of future outbreaks of diseases such as COVID-19 → Read More

East Africa: Communities 'Left Out' As Oil Pipeline Project Set to Get Underway in East Africa

Communities fear unfair resettlement, low compensation and damage to their rich and diverse environment, say charities. → Read More

Kenya Condemns Women to 'Death By Unsafe Abortion', Campaigners Warn

Seven women and girls die daily due to unsafe abortions in Kenya, say campaigners → Read More

Africa: Futures Destroyed - Covid-19 Unleashes 'Shadow Pandemics' On Africa's Girls

From rape and sexual exploitation to child marriage and early pregnancy, COVID-19 has unleashed a myriad of "shadow pandemics" on girls across Africa, say child rights groups → Read More

Kenya: In Kenya, Maasai Entrepreneur Moves Conservancy Beyond Tourism Hit By Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic has dried up vital tourist dollars for Kenya's Maasai, one entrepreneur is finding ways to diversify sources of income for a community-run conservancy → Read More

Africa: First Pan-African Virtual Pride Event Takes Place to Share LGBT+ Stories

The first pan-African virtual Pride event takes place on Friday aimed at bringing together LGBT+ Africans to share their stories of challenge and success from a continent where they are often criminalised and persecuted, the event's organiser said. → Read More

Somalia: Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

The United Nations says the law, which would allow girls to be married as soon as they reach puberty, is "deeply flawed" → Read More

Somali Parliament Sparks Outrage With New Law That Permits Child Marriages

The Sexual Intercourse bill, which allows for girls who reach puberty to be married, was introduced before Somali legislators on Aug. 8. → Read More

Kenyan Female Freedom Fighter Mekatilili Wa Menza Celebrated On Google

Kenyan female freedom fighter Mekatilili wa Menza, who led the coastal Giriama people to resist British colonial rule in the early 20th century, was honoured by a Google doodle on Sunday in a move widely welcomed by social media users in the country. → Read More

East Africa: More Than 40,000 People Forcefully Evicted in East Africa During Coronavirus Crisis

Poor communities in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have been left homeless and exposed in the midst of the pandemic, charity says → Read More

How an Unsung Army of Women Is Waging War on COVID-19 in Africa

Armies of mostly female community health workers are educating communities in Nairobi's slums about COVID-19. → Read More

Ugandans Join Global Push to Rename Colonial-Era Landmarks

Recognise historical figures who promote the values of freedom, dignity, peace and justice, says Ugandan lawyer → Read More

Somalia: Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently in Somalia's Displaced Camps

Some 2.6 million people live in camps where it is hard to maintain a safe distance and wash hands regularly. → Read More

Kenya: Coronavirus Threatens Kenya Goal to End Female Genital Mutilation By 2022

COVID-19 school closures have led to "mass cutting" of girls in Kenya, say campaigners → Read More

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