The Islamist jihadists have used more women and girls in bombing attacks than any other insurgency in history
By Kieran Guilbert
DAKAR, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The global outrage sparked by the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria inspired Boko Haram to start strapping suicide bombs to women in a bid to gain notoriety through "shock and awe" tactics, researchers said.
Faced with climate change, uncertain markets and government policies they see as unhelpful, many farmers feel ill-equipped to decide how much of which crop to plant and when
By Busani Bafana
LILONGWE, Malawi, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year's good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi.
"I can take my children to school, cook balanced meals for my family and I have gained recognition in my community"
By Robert Kibet
ALIMAO, Kenya, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a blistering hot afternoon, Zainab Omar Ali methodically sorts through freshly picked bunches of kale on her farm in Alimao village in northeast Kenya.
"I managed to sell most of my batch at the market this morning," she said with satisfaction. "I'll try to sell the remaining fresh ones tomorrow, and cook the rest at home."
by Kieran Guilbert
Militia violence has intensified across Central African Republic this year
DAKAR, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people uprooted by violence in Central African Republic are taking refuge in a hospital after armed groups looted and burned a camp for the displaced, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.
By Kieran Guilbert
DAKAR, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African migrants are seeking a cheaper and easier path to Europe with a rising number setting sail for Spain from Morocco using toy dinghies and jetskis, migration experts said on Thursday.
The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy remains the most popular route - 95,000 migrants have set sail this year - yet numbers are down compared with 2016, while sea arrivals to Spain from Morocco have more than doubled.
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