Africa Uncensored

THE LONELY WARRIOR: Post Traumatic Stress and the Kenya Defence Forces.

Many a veteran’s wife has said, “What’s wrong with you? We were just at your mother’s funeral and you didn’t shed a tear. You didn’t even look sad. You just looked like a block of stone.” Excerpt from Odysseus in America

On an otherwise fine day in March 2016, the shine and sparkle of a quiet village in Busia County was muted by an unfolding event. The villagers woke up to the death of one of their own. A man held in high esteem. A man who had fought for his country and came back home alive. What made his death that much more poignant was its manner. Death by his own hand. Joash Ochieng’ Magar, 52 who had just come home from a mission in Somalia against the Al Shabaab had taken his own life.  He was reported to have suffered from some mental problems that had him sent home on indefinite leave.

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I Don’t Know What to Tell the Women

Coastal Kenya is known for its alluring beaches and rich cultural heritage but over the past few years, unexplained murders and disappearances of terror suspects has become a common aspect of daily life. On the 7th of December this year, HAKI Africa, a non-governmental organization based in Mombasa released a report detailing 81 extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances carried out in a span of four years allegedly in the hands of security agencies. The Government has denied the allegations in the report. In your story segment this week, Salma Hemed, a gender officer at HAKI Africa shares her experiences in the field and what women go through as they cry out for justice when they lose their loved ones in unclear circumstances.

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Behind the Brush Stroke

When art imitates death: Artists capture the pain of murder victims and families.

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The Faithful Driver

Africa has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment globally with nearly half of the university students who graduate annually failing to get jobs. While skills and expertise are among key prerequisites to being considered for a job, the concept of trust is sometimes overlooked by both job seekers and prospective employers. Africa Uncensored’s Dennis Mbae spoke to Naftali Ogola, a young taxi driver in Kisumu, Kenya who got a job by virtue of his integrity and through which he has maintained a momentum of good fortune in his work.

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Kifo Cha Mende – Sehemu Ya Pili

Katika sehemu ya kwanza ya makala Kifo Cha Mende, tuliangazia baadhi ya visa vya mauaji ya kiholela na watu kutoweka kwa njia tatanishi nchini Kenya katika miaka ya hivi karibuni. Licha ya matukio haya kuongezeka na ushahidi kuashiria yanatekelezwa na vyombo vya usalama, idara ya usalama ingali inashikilia kuwa haihusiki kwa vyovyote vile.

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Kifo Cha Mende – Sehemu ya Kwanza

Nchi ya Kenya ina sifa nyingi za kipekee. Baadhi yake ni ubingwa katika mashindano ya riadha na vivutio maalum vya utalii. Hivi majuzi, Kenya iliandikisha historia kwa kuwa taifa la kwanza ulimwenguni kuzindua dawa ya kifua kikuu ya watoto inayoyeyuka majini na yenye ladha tamu. Hata hivyo, sifa hizi zimetiwa doa na msururu wa kashfa za ufisadi na ukiukaji wa haki za binadamu.

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Troubleshooting the Next Kenya General Election

Whether held 8 August 2017, some time in December 2017 or even as late March 2018 Kenya’s next General Elections must be free, fair and genuinely credible; anything less would plunge the country back into the dark days of Post Election Violence (PEV) that followed the botched 2007 elections. Since the beginning of January 2016 all attention has been focused on the IEBC; election reforms have been distilled into merely changing the line up of IEBC Commissioners − and its Chairman − which nearly all stakeholders have agreed is a prerequisite for the holding of peaceful elections on 8 August 2017.

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How Alcohol Has Ruined the Life of Kenya’s Top Medical Student

A bright University medical student narrates how chronic alcoholism has ruined his life and repeatedly delayed his completion of studies. Prolonged drinking binges have caused him to skip many examinations and seen him discontinued by the University of Nairobi more than once. His numerous attempts to cut back on his drinking have been unsuccessful. He hopes to return to the University one day and finish his studies.

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Another Hawker Killed by Inspectorate Officers

Only weeks after a Kanjo Kingdom a hawker was killed by city inspectorate officers around Globe Cinema. Patrick Munga, a potential witness in an impending murder case, was pushed into oncoming traffic following clashes between hawkers and inspectorate officers. Africa Uncensored reports.

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What Practical Steps Can Be Taken After Kanjo Kingdom?

How do we get the hawkers safe trading spaces? How do we ensure the city inspectorate officers don’t go around as lords of their own? Following the Kanjo Kingdom series, Africa Uncensored looks at some of the practical steps that can be taken to stop this menace.

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