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Africa's largest wind power project opens in northern Kenya

Jul 19 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya unveiled Africa's largest wind power plant on Friday, a project aimed at reducing electricity costs and dependence on fossil fuels and moving the nation to meet its ambitious goal of 100% green energy next year.

Sudan urged to ensure justice for raped women protesters

Jul 18 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sudanese women were a driving force during months of protests that ousted veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir, but the sexual violence they endured risks being forgotten with the signing of a power-sharing deal, women's rights activists said on Thursday.

From Prince Charles to Harrods, refugees target global markets with luxury crafts

Jul 11 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rwandan refugee Anita Claudine knows the odds are stacked against her, but the fashion designer is unfazed in her ambition to one day see her dresses in the window displays of the luxury department stores of London, Paris and New York.

African nations urged to enforce family laws to protect women

Jul 02 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and girls in Africa are still being pushed into forced or early marriages, while those in unhappy unions face discrimination when seeking divorce, campaigners said on Tuesday, urging governments to enforce fairer family laws.

With ball gowns and dance, LGBT+ refugees in Kenya cast aside woes to celebrate

Jun 27 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - LGBT+ refugees in Kenya - some dressed in sequined ball gowns and slinky black evening dresses - cast aside their troubles on Thursday to eat lunch, dance to Congolese rumba and celebrate their second International LGBTQI Refugee Day.

Kenya's rape survivors win right to abortion in landmark court ruling

Jun 12 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's High Court ruled that rape survivors had the right to an abortion on Wednesday, as it ordered authorities to pay almost $30,000 in damages to the mother of a teenage victim who died after a botched abortion.

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

Jun 11 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners said on Tuesday.

New app seeks to reunite South Sudan's 'lost children' with families

Jun 07 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new app launched in South Sudan on Friday aims to help aid workers reunite thousands of children with their families after they became separated during a five-year war and identify other vulnerable children.

Drought leaves 366,000 'one step away from famine' in Madagascar: U.N

Jun 06 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recurring drought in Madagascar's south has left more than 360,000 people on the brink of famine, a top United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging donors to do more to help people prepare for climate shocks.

Cotton waste biofuel powers farmers to fight drought in Kenya

Jun 05 2019

KITUI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan farmer Abel Mutie Mathoka thought it must be a joke when he was told he could irrigate his drought-hit crops more cheaply, cleanly and efficiently using a pump fueled by cotton waste.

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