Tag: kenya

Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Africa appears to be registering lower AIDS infection rates around the continent but with some exceptions.  This week, a pediatric study found 19,000 children in Homa Bay county, Kenya, are infected with HIV. While HIV is rarely a page one story these days, the virus is particularly rampant in Kenya where one in every four […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

| December 21, 2015

By Ann McGaw Special to Frost illustrated In September, I again was privileged to spend time in a number of African countries learning about the peoples and their cultures. My 45-day trip consisted of two parts: eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe). A very special event occurred […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—The globe-hopping Pope Francis is planning public masses, meetings with religious and political leaders and the opportunity to promote reconciliation and unity during his upcoming five day trip to three African countries. Countries on his itinerary include Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. After his scheduled arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Dec. 25, […]

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Kenyan VIPs stir athletes’ wrath over ‘pocketed’ Nike funds

Kenyan VIPs stir athletes’ wrath over ‘pocketed’ Nike funds

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—Kenya’s highly-regarded reputation for top runners and Olympic medalists suffered another blow this week as corruption was added to a list of grievances by frustrated athletes. Close to 70 athletes stormed the headquarters of Kenya’s athletics governing body this week to demand the resignation of its chairman, VP and former treasurer, over claims they pocketed […]

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Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—Citing a crackdown on opposition members, including assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture, President Barack Obama ousted Burundi from a preferential trade pact with the U.S. known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), effective Jan. 1. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama said Burundi had failed to institute the rule of law and political […]

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All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—The cheap gas boom has not been the best of news for African countries where oil and other raw materials have been the basis of their export economies since colonial times. Gas and oil are not the only raw materials to suffer as economies in Asia and the west contract and investors take wait and […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York

Stories of Liberian women in time of war to premiere in New York

| September 22, 2015

(GIN)—While Liberia’s civil war is distant history to some, an African playwright has rescued the tale of five women, captive wives of a rebel commander, whose survival in a treacherous war zone resonates strongly even today. “When I first came upon the story of Liberian women, it was actually about women soldiers,” recalled writer-actor Danai […]

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