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Kenyan man drives hours to deliver water to drought affected wildlife

Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.

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Kenya: Jailed doctors’ union officials released but strike continues

The Kenyan Doctors’ Union officials jailed over the strike have been released. The Court of Appeal ordered the release of seven union officials who were sentenced to one month in jail on February 13. Despite the release, the strike continues, heavily affecting Kenya’s already precarious health industry. As the election approaches, labour disputes and protests have become common. The government is under immense pressure to address a plethora of disputes and deliver on its previous election promises.

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Kenyan couple’s dream wedding: From $1 wedding to a lavish $35,000 ceremony

The Kenyan couple who spent $1 on their first wedding renewed their vows in a lavish colorful ceremony which cost an estimated $35,000 and the couple may well be in contention for the wedding of the year award. The wedding was funded by well-wishers after their story went viral on social media and Kenyan people and companies offered to give the couple their dream wedding on Valentine’s Day.

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A window into democracy in Africa and the world: In conversation with Prof Staffan Lindberg

The year 2016 was full of surprises. The biggest ones (Brexit, Trump’s election, Jammeh’s exit) were delivered via the ballot box.  Democracy may yet have more surprises in store for us in 2017. As the Director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, few people on the planet study democracy and its effect more closely than Professor Staffan I. Lindberg. He spoke to Wycliffe Muga, a Kenyan journalist and political commentator, on what V-Dem’s work reveals about democracy in Africa, why people are now more open to “I can fix this” politicians and much more.

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Kenyan couple’s $1 wedding

Wedding ceremonies across the continent have generally become extremely lavish as couples spend thousands of dollars to have their dream wedding. A couple in Kenya recently did the opposite, spending just $1 on their wedding, proof that you don’t have to be extravagant and break your bank to marry and wed the person you love.

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Abortion is not going away, no matter how much you gag it

Around the world, abortions are happening by the millions. In some cases they happen safely; in some they are done with bleach and herbs. It is a contentious issue, with people falling hard into the pro-choice or pro-life camp. Fact is, abortion is not going away, and simply not speaking about it or not allowing it makes the problem far worse. This is not a debate about ‘loose women’ or ‘loose morals’ but about the best way to keep women alive and safe.

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Kenyan rural school girls receive bicycles to help them get to school

In Kenya, one of the biggest barriers to education is often the physical act of getting to school, despite primary education being offered for free. In areas where schools are distant, for many young girls, the task of going to school has always been a nightmare, but an initiative giving bicycles to girls is making a difference. About 8,000 bicycles have so far been distributed to 50 schools. We applaud the initiative.

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Makonde community granted citizenship, officially recognized Kenya’s 43rd ethnic group

The Makonde ethnic group, until yesterday was not an officially recognized ethnic group in Kenya. Despite their existence in the country before independence, and the promise by Kenya’s founding father, Jomo Kenyatta, to officially include them as citizens of the country, it was only yesterday that that promise was fulfilled. Members of the community were issued with identity cards, officially making the Makonde community the 43rd ethnic group in Kenya.