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Nita Bhalla

Kenyan court upholds gay sex ban in blow to LGBT+ rights in Africa

May 24 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's High Court on Friday upheld a British colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relations in a judgment which campaigners said was a major blow to the fight for the rights of sexual minorities across Africa.

Charities fear for children separated from parents in cyclone-hit Mozambique

May 22 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents two months after a powerful cyclone battered Mozambique leaving them in limbo and at risk of abuse or being trafficked into slavery, charities warned on Wednesday.

Schoolgirls used as human shields in Congo due to 'magical powers' - charities

May 20 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had "magical powers" during violence over a year ago, an investigation by a group of charities said on Monday.

Kenya's LGBT+ voices highlight abuses ahead of gay sex court verdict

May 16 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From a gay high school student to a transgender woman, LGBT+ Kenyans are sharing their experiences of discrimination and persecution on a new website, days before the east African nation's high court is due to rule on decriminalizing gay sex.

U.N. urges calm after protests by LGBT+ refugees in Kenya turn violent

May 16 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations has urged LGBT+ refugees in Kenya to show "calm and restraint" after protests demanding better treatment turned violent, with police firing tear gas and arresting more than 20 demonstrators.

Aid workers race to contain cholera outbreak in cyclone-hit Mozambique

May 07 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers were on Tuesday racing to contain a cholera outbreak in northern Mozambique after a powerful cyclone contaminated water sources and damaged health clinics.

Congolese refugees cross illegally into Uganda, raising risk of Ebola: aid groups

May 02 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People fleeing violence in an Ebola-hit region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being forced to cross the border illegally into Uganda, risking the virus spreading into the neighboring East African nation, aid groups said on Friday.

U.N. to probe sex-for-food aid allegations after Mozambique's Cyclone Idai

Apr 26 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations said on Friday it will investigate allegations that survivors of a deadly cyclone in Mozambique are being forced to have sex with community leaders for food.

Anti-abortion billboards fuel stigma in Kenya, say women's rights groups

Apr 24 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights groups on Wednesday called on Kenyan authorities to remove anti-abortion billboards across the capital saying they were inaccurate and fuelling stigma in the east African nation, where thousands die from backstreet abortions each year.

Rwanda’s genocide survivors find reconciliation, income in women’s cooperatives

Apr 12 2019

NYANZA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Immaculee Mukantabana, 57, and Constancia Uwimana, 39, may not seem any different to the dozen or so other women gathered at the cooperative meeting in southern Rwanda's Nyanza district.

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