Kenya

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The Burning Question: Will Nairobi’s Never-ending Fires End?

In what has become something short of an odd tradition, every year, traders at one of the region’s largest markets, Gikomba, and residents of low-income areas across the city of Nairobi brace themselves for what appears to be an endless occurrence of unexplained fires. Read More

Surviving the Attack on 14 Riverside, Nairobi

Nairobi at 14 Riverside Drive, in their own words. Read More

As it Happened: Riverside Attack

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 15th January, 2019, armed gunmen stormed into 14 Riverside, a corporate campus in Westlands, Nairobi that hosts offices of several corporates, a restaurant and a hotel, DusitD2. Read More

Built to Break: Nairobi’s Collapsing Buildings

Kenya is enjoying a moment of relative calm. But, for how long? Every once in a while, the country is nudged back to the reality of the dangers posed by numerous residential blocks in urban centres, the most affected being the capital, Nairobi. Read More

Uncensored Mtaani: Burden of Bullets

Kenya is almost synonymous with extra-judicial killings in Africa with an Amnesty International report indicating that by October 2016, the country had 122 extra-judicial killings recorded, out of the 177 recorded continent-wide. If anything, according to Amnesty, the numbers could be higher were local police figures availed. So, where does that leave us? Read More

Irungu Houghton on Human Rights

It is 70 years since Resolution 217, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was adopted by the United Nations. Read More

Uncensored Mtaani: Young and Pregnant

Over 370,000 people aged between 10 and 19 years became pregnant between July 2016 and June 2018 in Kenya, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). While the situation is much dire in largely rural counties like Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Homa Bay, Samburu and others, the high rate of teenage pregnancies bears its ugly head even in urban areas like Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Read More

Bulla Karatasi: The Forgotten Massacre

On November 9th, 1980, something happened in a village in Garissa county that forever changed not just the history of the local population and scarred them emotionally for life, how it was handled was to come to characterize the entire nation’s treatment of a region that has, since independence, struggled to identify with the rest of the country. Read More

Altering Nature: How Buildings Contribute to Flooding

Every time it rains in Kenya’s major urban centres, flooding follows. Why? Read More

Within These Walls

Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youths aged between 15-29 years, according to the World Health Organization. Close to 800,000 deaths every year are as a result of suicides. That translates to about one death every 40 seconds. Read More

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