Articles on East Africa

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The Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, is a cradle of mankind. Climate change will cause frequent and intense weather events in East Africa. Shutterstock

COP22 sets the stage for Africa to mobilise support for adaptation plans

East Africa is a region that will be hit hard by climate change. COP22 in Morocco presents an opportunity for the region to take steps to mitigate these possible harsh effects.
Somali families on a bus taking them back home to Somalia from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp in a voluntary repatriation programme. Reuters/Edmund Blair

Repatriating refugees is Kenya’s only answer. But it needs help

Maintaining a large refugee population when the country is struggling to deal with its own challenges is a big ask
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. Nduka Mntambo

Ghana’s ‘Chale Wote’ festival lifts spirits, frees souls

Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
The Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam will bring more power to Ethiopia but is already creating tensions over water rights with its neighbors Sudan and Egypt. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

The most important dam you probably haven’t heard of

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Blue Nile, will bring electricity and wealth to East Africa, but could also have harmful environmental and political impacts.
Children with albinism are often teased and bullied by their peers. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Flickr

Taunts and bullying drive children with albinism from Tanzanian schools

Children with albinism are teased and physically bullied by classmates who don't understand their condition. They withdraw from learning – and many ultimately leave school early.
South African HIV rights group, the Treatment Action Campaign, marching through Durban, calling for antiretroviral access for all. International AIDS Society/Rogan Ward

It will take more than $36 billion every year to end AIDS

Current epidemiological and financial trends suggest there's a major risk of a substantial shortfall in the funds required to sustain life-saving antiretroviral programmes.
Kenyan civil society activists protest against the extrajudicial killing of a human rights lawyer and his client. Restrictions against NGOs have intensified. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya’s clampdown on civil society is against its self-interest

The government of Uhuru Kenyatta may wish to reconsider its repeated attacks against NGOs. The country as a whole is likely to benefit if the government softens its stance.

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