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A continent in crisis: Cyclones and climate strikes
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Politics and Society A continent in crisis: Cyclones and climate strikes

Southern Africa has yet to recover from Cyclone Idai, which devastated Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving over 1 000 people dead. Now another tropical cyclone, dubbed “Kenneth”, is predicted to hit Mozambique and Tanzania in the coming week. Despite the tumultuous turn that the climate has taken, the vast majority of the people agitating for action are the continent’s young.

Activists in the Trenches: A Profile of Kenya’s Wanjeri Nderu and Ruth Mumbi
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Politics and Society Activists in the Trenches: A Profile of Kenya’s Wanjeri Nderu and Ruth Mumbi

When poor Kenyans need help, whether because a family member has been raped in one of Nairobi’s sprawling slums or someone they know disappeared after an interaction with the security services, they are unlikely to go to the police or to a non-governmental organisation (NGO). Instead, they seek out an activist like Wanjeri Nderu or Ruth Mumbi as their best hope.