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11 Apr 2018 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 11:47 GMT

Proceeds from green bonds help finance projects in renewable energy, green transport and energy-efficiency

NAIROBI, April 4 (Reuters) - A non-profit organisation plans to issue a 1.5 billion shilling ($15 million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities.

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09 Apr 2018 description

By Maggie Fick

Aid groups say the mood has deteriorated at Kakuma since Washington started getting tougher on immigration

KAKUMA, Kenya, April 9 (Reuters) - Knives. Wire. Battery acid. Rat poison. Rope.

20 Dec 2017 description

By Maggie Fick

DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Somali refugees in Kenya are free to choose whether to go home, a top U.N. official said on Tuesday, despite many families saying debts accumulated to feed their children after cuts in rations are forcing them to return to a war zone.

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21 Jun 2017 description

by Zoe Tabary

"He told me to make the bed, he gripped my throat so I couldn't scream, and then he hurt me," but when the 15-year-old told elders, they suggested marrying her rapist - her uncle

WAJIR, Kenya, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mariam Mohammed was 15 when her uncle raped her in the family hut in Wajir, northeastern Kenya.

"He told me to make the bed, he gripped my throat so I couldn't scream, and then he hurt me," she recalled, nervously drawing in the red sand with a twig while cradling a baby boy.

16 Jun 2017 description

"We suspect it is al Shabaab militants"

NAIROBI, June 16 (Reuters) - Four people were killed and 11 injured when their landcruiser detonated a bomb planted on a road in northeast Kenya on Friday, a senior government official said, in the latest of a series of such attacks.

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28 Apr 2017 description

by Siddharth Chatterjee & Aida Mengistu | @sidchat1 | United Nations
Friday, 28 April 2017 09:17 GMT

After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.

All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.

13 Apr 2017 description

Pest is a food security risk in a region already struggling with worsening drought

ADDIS ABABA, April 13 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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22 Mar 2017 description

By Goran Tomasevic

LOIYANGALANI, Kenya, March 22 (Reuters) - Villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal carcases, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five years.

The smell of death hangs heavily over Lake Turkana and dried animal corpses dot the cracked mud where the lake has receded, leaving boats stranded on the dry land.

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02 Feb 2017 description

Residents accuse local politicians of encouraging herders to bring cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for August elections

By Katharine Houreld

NAIROBI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said on Thursday.

22 Jan 2017 description

Climate change, growing world population and demands for industrialisation have put strain on global water supplies

By Michael Hogan

HAMBURG, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies (G20) said on Sunday.

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16 Sep 2016 description

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya reaffirmed on Thursday its plan to close the world's largest refugee camp by November, rejecting allegations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that it is harassing and intimidating Somali refugees to return home when it is not safe to do so.

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17 Apr 2016 description

By David Njagi

MURANG'A, Kenya, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Samuel Kinuthia knows how to make the most of technology. Using a technique called basin terracing, he has boosted his income at his farm in Murang'a county, and helped provide Kenyans as far away as Nairobi with better access to clean drinking water.

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24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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02 Oct 2015 description
  • Warming in Pacific triggers extreme weather around globe

  • Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east

  • Millions face hunger in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe

By Ed Stoddard

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe.

"There is moisture 25 centimetres down but nothing beyond that. If we get below-average rains, it will be a disaster," he said, wiping the red dust from his calloused hands.

24 Jul 2015 description

NTURUKUMA, Kenya, July 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Central Kenya's Nturukuma region is not kind to farmers - its erratic rainfall, desert vegetation and drying riverbeds push most people into making a living through trade rather than agriculture.

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15 Jul 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:08 GMT

What’s one way you can tell more frequent droughts and floods are hitting families hard in Kenya’s western Nyando district? Doors are closed at mealtimes.

“With less food, nobody is willing to share,” said Mary Nyasimi, who works in East Africa to ensure information on adapting crops to climate change gets to women as well as men.

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21 Jun 2015 description

By Edith Honan

KAKUMA, Kenya, June 20 (Reuters) - Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half, the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes fade for peace in the world's newest nation.

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05 Apr 2015 description
  • Al Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, wounded many others

  • Gunmen sought out Christians to kill, take hostage

  • University attack the biggest in Kenya since 1998 (Adds comment by churchgoer)

By Edith Honan

GARISSA, Kenya, April 5 (Reuters) - Kenyan churches used armed guards to protect their Easter congregations on Sunday, days after gunmen from the Islamist al Shabaab group killed nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university.

04 Apr 2015 description

By Edith Honan

GARISSA, Kenya, April 4 (Reuters) - Somali militants vowed on Saturday to wage a long war against Kenya and run its cities "red with blood" after the group's fighters killed nearly 150 people during an assault on a Kenyan university.

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10 Nov 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:55 GMT

MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 9 (Reuters) - One person was killed in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday after youths rioted to protest against the killing of an alleged Islamist militant.

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