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07 Jul 2014 description
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NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 20 people were killed in two attacks on Kenya’s coast on Saturday night — with residents saying that many of the victims had their hands bound and their throats slit — in the latest in a string of gruesome assaults with ethnic undercurrents.

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22 Feb 2013 description
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MALINDI, Kenya — In a room by the stairs, Shukrani Malingi, a Pokomo farmer, writhed on a metal cot, the skin on his back burned off. Down the hall, at a safe distance, Rahema Hageyo, an Orma girl, stared blankly out of a window, a long scar above her thimble-like neck. She was nearly decapitated by a machete chop — and she is only 9 months old.

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07 Sep 2012 description
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When a great invention comes along, it often becomes part of our lives so fast that we barely even notice it. We take it for granted. Who remembers life before television, the Internet or GPS?

But what if there was a great invention that barely got picked up, even after a decade? Can you imagine if the iPhone had been invented in 1997, and we were only just getting to use it now?

That’s the story with Sprinkles, an innovative treatment for one of the most pervasive problems affecting the world’s children, and one that goes largely unaddressed.

23 Jan 2012 description
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PARIS — Four prominent Kenyans, two of them presidential candidates, were ordered Monday to stand trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity in the bloodshed and waves of violence following the disputed elections in 2007 that pushed the country to near civil war.

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08 Sep 2011 description
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Somalia is now suffering its worst drought in 60 years. A quarter of the population has fled famine and conflict, heading west into Kenya. More than 1,300 people a day stream into the complex of refugee camps at Dadaab, Kenya, which is now housing more than 430,000 people in camps designed for 90,000. Many Somalis arrive near death after journeys of weeks with little food. Large numbers of them are children, often without parents.

02 Aug 2011 description
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By STEPHANIE STROM Published: August 1, 2011

For better or worse, relief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises like the famine in east Africa.

The Center on Philanthropy estimates that American nonprofit aid groups received $1.9 billion in cash and in-kind gifts after the Asian tsunami of 2004, and $1.4 billion during the year after the earthquake that decimated Haiti in January 2010.

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11 Nov 2010 description
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Published: November 11, 2010

DADAAB, Kenya - When Abdullahi Salat came here as a young boy in 1991, fleeing civil war in his homeland, Somalia, little more than shrubs and a few tents dotted the landscape. The woman working for the United Nations who greeted him at this safe haven, then nearly empty, showed him to his own tent and sprinkled a handful of seeds into his palm.

" 'Plant them,' " Mr. Salat, now 29, remembered the aid worker telling him.

31 May 2010 description
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MUKONO, Uganda - Lynet Nalugo dug a cassava tuber out of her field and sliced it open.

Inside its tan skin, the white flesh was riddled with necrotic brown lumps, as obviously diseased as any tuberculosis lung or cancerous breast.

"Even the pigs refuse this," she said.

The plant was what she called a "2961," meaning it was Variant No.

09 May 2010 description
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Published: May 9, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda - On the grounds of Uganda's biggest AIDS clinic, Dinavance Kamukama sits under a tree and weeps.

Her disease is probably quite advanced: her kidneys are failing and she is so weak she can barely walk. Leaving her young daughter with family, she rode a bus four hours to the hospital where her cousin Allen Bamurekye, born infected, both works and gets the drugs that keep her alive.

But there are no drugs for Ms. Kamukama. As is happening in other clinics in Kampala, all new patients go on a waiting list.