Kenya

Kenyan Death-Squads: A Legacy of the War on Terror

Amandla Thomas-Johnson | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Amandla Thomas-Johnson

It came as little surprise that the official inquiry into the circumstances that led to the Woolwich attack paid scant attention to the role UK intelligence played in the abuse of Michael Adebolajo in Kenya. In his court appearance last December Michael Adebolajo himself did not mention whether or not the incident had an impact on his own thinking in the run-up to Woolwich.

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

The End of China's 'Peaceful Rise' Doctrine?

Paul Reynolds | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The new Chinese leadership has, over the last 18 months, shown itself to be very different from that of successive Post-1980 reformist administrations. The 'market reform' rhetoric is still there. The assertions about Communist Party supremacy and dislike of Western democratic values, are still there...

Why Kenya's Public Transport System Is Fighting Cashless Payment

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Kenya's public transport system is different from the mobile financial services sector. Cashless payments threaten existing profit structures. Matatu owners usually contract their vehicles to a crew who retain the day's income after paying a fixed vehicle rent. Transport cards instead bypass the crew and payments directly reach the vehicle owner. The owner can then reverse the roles and pay the crew a salary while keeping the profits.

Searching For an Affordable Safari in Africa

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

One way to find yourself a cheap way of going on safari is to head to Africa in the quiet season and take advantage of deals that are being offered. Safari companies often offer last minute deals and ways of enticing people into off-season trips, so if you can be flexible it's a great way of not breaking the bank and still enjoying this incredible travel experience.

Sustaining Global Forestry

One Young World | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

Joseph Mwakima is a One Young World delegate from Kenya. He was a delegate speaker in the Sustainable Development Plenary Session at the Dublin Summ...

The Fear of Opportunity

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

We were harshly thrown into it when our spouses died. Whether it was cancer or a tragic accident, we had to find a new way of living when death came knocking at our door. We had to be brave then, and we will choose a new kind of bravery when our feet step onto foreign land having left our homes, families, friends, and jobs behind.

Miraculous Recovery For Elephant Struck By A Poacher's Arrow

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Elliot Wagland | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

These incredible pictures show an elephant injured in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, having been struck by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow. Fortun...

Death of Al-Shabab Leader Ahmed Abdi Godane Hailed By Foreign Office

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

Britain has hailed the death of al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane - said to have masterminded last year's Kenyan shopping mall massacre. The US h...

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

The Truth About 'Unsafe' Abortion

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Faustina Fynn-Nyame

There are times when the truth about "unsafe" abortion is too much for me too. Often it keeps me up at night. Like the time we had to help a terrified young schoolgirl who took a chokorboma to solve her problem...the chokorboma literally exploded within her, rupturing her insides and burning her inside out. Her body was left unrecognisable. I have never seen anything like it. It was horrifying. Heart-wrenching. Screaming and screaming, the 15-year-old girl was carried into our clinic, shaking uncontrollably and rigid with pain. I can still see her face even now. I will never forget it. She was one of the lucky ones I try and tell myself.

Free the Children - How Am I Going to Be Charitable?

James Andrew Yardley | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Andrew Yardley

I have never really been a very charitable person apart from the usual; sponsoring friends, completing lengthy swims for Cancer Research and Comic Relief & Children in Need donations etc. So when I had to fill in an application form at AOL UK to be part of a volunteer trip with Free the Children charity in Kenya, I was a bit thin on the evidence to make my case as to why I should be picked.

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

Big Tusks, Big Problem, as Satao the Big Tusker Killed

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Have you ever seen one of the legendary big tuskers of Africa? Magnificent, beautiful, enchanting - like a nod to days gone by, to different eras, to different ages. I have had this privilege and I was moved, but chances are I, or indeed anyone, will never see one again.

'Cutting Grass Is Not Punishment For Rape'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Hundreds of protesters have taken to Kenya's streets town to demand justice for a schoolgirl who was brutally gang raped. After the horrific attack...

We're Raising Living Standards for the People Who Grow Your Tea

Sarah Roberts | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Tea is enjoyed the world over - it's the most popular drink after water - but as we sip our cuppa how many of us pause to think about the life of those who produce it?

Horror As Somali Militants Kill Dozens Watching World Cup In Kenya (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES FOLLOW Somali jihadists have massacred dozens of people who congregated to watch the World Cup in a Kenyan coastal resort...

Africa's Technology Boom: Opportunity or Myth?

Furhaad Shah | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Furhaad Shah

Only a decade ago, to speak of Africa and technology would have seemed nonsensical. Today, it is part of a growing global conversation.

Climate-Proofing Kenya: From Trees to Technology

Dr. Abbas Gullet | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dr. Abbas Gullet

The countries that will bear the brunt of climate change aren't waiting for others to get their acts together and cut emissions. We don't have that luxury because we're already living with the effects.

Are Women Truly Becoming Empowered?

Rose Taylor | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

One of the most significant discussions today is women's equality and empowerment and has become a leading issue in the new global economy. Despite copious NGO's and local charities working for women's rights and empowerment, the extent to which such institutions are successful is variable.

To Speak Plainly: Obstetric Fistula

Sarah Kessler | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"It is absolutely devastating. When they get undressed for medical exams you will see they're wearing so many layers, plus plastic wrapped around them. The smell is so overwhelming some people can't go into the same room."

Baby Elephant Washed Away In River, Mum Comes To The Rescue

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK

Crossing a fast-flowing river in the Kicheche Laikipia resort in Kenya, this little fella got into a bit of trouble when the current proved too much. ...

British Holidaymakers Evacuated From Kenya As 10 Die In Nairobi Explosions

PA | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

At least 10 people have been killed in two explosions in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as British holidaymakers were being flown home early from the East...

British Tourists Evacuated From Kenya After Terror Threat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Hundreds of British tourists are being evacuated from Kenya after the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to parts of the country. ...

Off the Grid on Wasini Island, Kenya

Eleanor Ross | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Ross

My tuk tuk was definitely not built for a two hour journey along a dirt track. It lurched from pothole to pothole spending most of the trip mid-air, jumping around the road to avoid dead animals and small children.