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Nita Bhalla

Freeze aid to Tanzania over rights violations, campaigners say

Nov 15 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign donors should freeze funding to Tanzania to press the government to scrap policies violating the rights of girls and sexual minorities, campaigners said on Thursday, a day after the World Bank and Denmark said they were withholding aid.

Facebook auction of South Sudan child bride could inspire other families: activists

Nov 13 2018

JUBA/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The auction of a South Sudanese girl for marriage on Facebook could spur other families to use social media to demand bigger dowries for their daughters, activists said, urging authorities and the social networking giant to take much tougher action.

Men suspected of 'being gay' in Zanzibar released on bail: police, lawyer

Nov 08 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ten men arrested for being involved in homosexual activity in Zanzibar were released on bail on Thursday, said a senior police official and their lawyer, adding that the incident was still being investigated and the men could be charged in the future.

Ex-Somali refugee's U.S. Congress win sparks debate in former home Kenya

Nov 07 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The historic win of a former Somali refugee as one of the first Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress sparked celebration and debate in her one-time home of Kenya on Wednesday, with some criticizing the east Africa nation's treatment of refugees.

Gay Tanzanians remain fearful despite government denouncing LGBT+ crackdown

Nov 05 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - LGBT+ people in Tanzania on Monday welcomed a move by the government distancing itself from a planned crackdown on sexual minorities in the city of Dar es Salaam, but said it did not go far enough - with many still fearful of attack or arrest.

Gay witch-hunt sparks fear and panic in Tanzania's LGBT+ community

Nov 01 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gay and transgender people in Tanzania have gone into hiding fearing for their lives after a senior government official called on the public to report suspected homosexuals so that they could be arrested from early next week.

A precarious haven: Africa's LGBT+ refugees teeter on the brink in Kenya

Oct 31 2018

NAIROBI/KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It wasn't long after Joe's father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realized the men from his church would be coming for him next.

African women with albinism vow to fight on after Kilimanjaro climb

Oct 09 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six African women with albinism who made an attempt on the continent's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, said on Tuesday the trek was just the beginning of efforts to raise awareness and dispel negative images of people with the rare skin condition.

Fear and prestige pushing Kenyan girls into FGM - and out of school

Oct 08 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was during her first year of high school in rural western Kenya that Mary Kuket says she was "sacrificed to tradition" and her dreams of becoming a doctor shattered forever.

Stigma, poverty leave 'cursed' disabled children neglected in Kenya's orphanages

Sep 28 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a dilapidated orphanage on the outskirts of eastern Nairobi, children with twisted limbs and clawed hands are slumped in wheelchairs, lie foetal-like on mattresses on the floor, or sit in chairs rocking back and forth repeatedly.

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