Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to begin using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for health care and other humanitarian needs. “Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” said Jappie Mhango, the Minister for Transportation…

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

Ethiopia suffering worst drought in 50 years

In the midst of the worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia’s population finds just some relief in the rain reaching parts of the country, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. In February this year the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wrote that over ten million people are in need of food…

Kenya: water shortage and sanitation still a problem in informal settlements

With sixty percent of its population living in informal settlements, Nairobi City is yet to fully address the problem of water accessibility and sanitation for more than half of its 3.4 million residents. The government is now planning to change this. Barely two miles east of Nairobi’s central business district,…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.