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Nita Bhalla

Kenya orders probe into rise in violence against women and girls during pandemic

Jul 06 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls - including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage - as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Curb climate change, protect environment to prevent future pandemics, countries told

Jul 06 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on Monday.

Curb climate change, protect environment to prevent future pandemics, countries told

Jul 06 2020

NAIROBI, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on Monday.

More than 40,000 people forcefully evicted in East Africa during coronavirus crisis

Jul 01 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40,000 people across East Africa have been forcibly evicted from their homes since March, putting them at risk of contracting the new coronavirus, said charities on Wednesday, calling for a moratorium on all evictions during the pandemic.

Africa's unsung army of women wage war on COVID-19

Jun 25 2020

NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a face mask, notebook and pen, Everlyne Akinyi Omondi sets out each morning from her one-room home in Nairobi's informal settlement of Kawangware to do a job few others would contemplate in a pandemic.

Ugandans join global push to rename colonial-era landmarks

Jun 17 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the East African nation to rename roads and landmarks that celebrate white power, joining a growing, global movement against racism.

Red Cross fears coronavirus spreading silently in Somalia's displaced camps

Jun 16 2020

NAIROBI/GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements.

Find better ways to depict history, says South African #RhodesMustFall activist

Jun 11 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries must find more creative ways to depict their history than statues that glorify racists and colonialists, a founder of South Africa's successful Rhodes Must Fall movement said on Thursday.

Coronavirus threatens Kenya goal to end female genital mutilation by 2022

Jun 09 2020

NAIROBI, June 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus pandemic has put Kenya's goal of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022 in jeopardy, campaigners against the practice warned, amid reports of "mass cuttings" involving hundreds of girls being held while schools are closed.

'Hunger or murder': Lockdown poverty exposes African sex workers to more violence

Jun 04 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peninah Wanjiru wasn't really one to take chances.

World News

Long lines as Singaporeans in masks vote during pandemic

Singaporeans wearing masks and gloves queued to cast their ballots on Friday under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic that is pushing the city-state's economy towards its worst-ever recession, making saving jobs the focus of the election.