Kenya

Interview with James Omollo: putting the NGOs out of business in Kenya

Back in 2008, Kenya was torn apart in a corruption-filled election that was rigged to favour the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki. Over a thousand people were killed, and hundreds of thousands became refugees within their own country. Politicians from all…

Kenya embraces solar to meet energy needs

Nearly 70 percent of the Kenyan population relies on costly and environmentally damaging energy sources. But a green transtion is underway, as ever more Kenyans turn to solar power to meet their daily energy needs. Peter Theuri is busy tending…

South Sudan Exodus: 900,000 Refugees in 2,5 Years

Human Wrongs Watch Some 60,000 people have fled South Sudan’s recent violence in the capital city of Juba, bringing the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries since December 2013 to nearly 900,000 [out of an estimated 14…

What will it take to stop extrajudicial killings in East Africa?

By Phil Wilmot for Waging Nonviolence. Kenya is often praised as a beacon of democracy and stability in East Africa, but recent squelched demonstrations and recklessness by police have led Kenyans to question whether the benchmarks of their nation’s progress…

Kenyan refugee camp closures will have disastrous consequences

The Kenyan government’s decision to close its refugee camps will have disastrous consequences and must be reconsidered, international organisations have stated. At the end of last week, the Kenyan government announced that the “hosting of refugees has to come to an…

International Day of Nonviolence celebrated around the world

This year’s international Day of Nonviolence witnessed a whole host of activities around the world. Among the activities held on the annual October 2nd included: In Nakpanduri, a conflict area that experiences curfews in the northern region of Ghana, there…

Kenyan mother wins environmental prize after baby suffers lead poisoning

As the world marks the 45th Earth Day, we speak to Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido, who was just awarded the Africa 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental award. Omido organized protests to close a lead plant in…

In Kenya’s war on corruption: some you win, some you lose

On the 26th of March this year, President Kenyatta shocked those watching and listening as he gave his “State of the Nation” address in parliament. Instead of a regular condemnation of corruption in government as normally happens by Kenyan politicians,…

The roots of terrorism in Kenya: colonialism, once again…

No one is left without a sensation of horror at last week’s awful attack on Garissa University College, Kenya in which it seems that the dead number more than 150 young students who had their whole lives ahead of them.…

Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

I had joined my fellow members of ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena Peace Campaign’ and several partners in marking the ‘International Day of Peace’ on the 21st September, 2013 when news of the attack at the Westgate Mall came in. We had…

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