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The Burundian refugee soap maker who is fighting coronavirus in Kenya

FERNANDO DUARTE When Innocent Havyarimana started his soap-making business in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp in early 2015, he was trying to move on from the traumatic events that had made him flee his native Burundi a year earlier. Little did he know that his cottage enterprise would become a major weapon in the fight against […]

Is the Pandemic Causing A Surge in Female Genital Mutilation?

MARIA GODOY In early December, Christine Ghati Alfons taught a menstrual hygiene class to a group of girls, 10 to 15 years old, in the ethnic Kuria community in Migori County, an impoverished, rural area in southwest Kenya. Normally, she says, the class has 25 students. On this day, only 17 girls showed up. “We […]

A very American riot

It is time for the world to see through the American claims of exceptionalism. PATRICK GATHARA If the past four years of the Donald Trump presidency had dented America’s carefully cultivated – if inaccurate – reputation as a bastion of democracy, the November 2020 election, its aftermath and, especially the events of January 6 have […]

Transatlantic Slave Trade & Chattel Slavery

PROLOGUE  “Chattel slavery, a peculiar system of domination and exploitation was unique in the sense that, though the subjugation of one person by another has been in existence since the advent of time, it was the first time that a person would be denied human status and declared another person’s personal property. This opened the […]

Ghana charts a new political course

The inauguration of Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his second and last term in office ushered in a new political narrative for the West African nation. In further­ance of the 1992 constitution, a new parliament was sworn in a chaotic and acrimonious manner on January 7, 2021 the same day the president was […]

AFAG condemns unruly conduct in Parliament

Pressure group Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has condemned the unruly conduct of some Members of Parliament (MPs) on the floor of the House of Parliament during the election of Speaker for the 8th Parliament on January 6, 2020. The group’s leadership in a statement decried the needless confrontations and called for a speedy independent […]

African Continent to Soon Receive First COVID Vaccines, Health Officials Say

ANITA POWELL A ray of hope emerged Thursday for the Rainbow Nation, which has seen a massive spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, as South Africa’s health minister announced a large shipment of vaccines is coming this month.   Zweli Mkhize said the country will receive one million vaccine doses by the end of January, and another […]

Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine asks ICC to investigate rights abuses

Uganda’s main opposition leader has asked a tribunal in The Hague to investigate his country’s president for human rights abuses. At an online press conference, police accosted Bobi Wine and dragged him from his car. Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the country’s president and […]

Actor-Activist, Isn’t Afraid to Use His Voice

The British-Nigerian star discusses his role in Steve McQueen’s “Red, White and Blue” and aligning his politics with his career. TARYN FINLEY This year has been absolutely maddening for John Boyega. “I never knew the plot twist could be so mad. I feel like God just maybe went to the toilet for a bit too […]

Is Mass Vaccination the Best Strategy for All Countries? A Doctor’s Surprising View

COVID-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. for 2020. The virus has killed more than 90 people per 100,000, reports Johns Hopkins University. But in other parts of the world, the virus hasn’t been such a big problem. It’s not a top killer. Some global health experts are beginning to ask […]

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