Kenya to postpone Dadaab closure at UNHCR request

Kenya to postpone Dadaab closure at UNHCR request

Kenya will postpone the controversial closure of its Dadaab refugee camp for at least six months, citing the difficult security situation in Somalia and a United Nations appeal as factors in the decision. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had…

Kenya’s stance on Dadaab refugees challenged by rights groups

Kenyan government officials are coercing refugees to return to Somalia – and the very risks they’ve tried to flee, the Amnesty International human rights organization said in a report released Tuesday. More than 280,000 refugees, most of them Somali, live in the Dadaab refugee camp that Kenya announced in May it intends…

Cycling, walking move a greener Africa forward

Four African countries are among the world’s five most dangerous for walking and cycling, a new UN Environment Programme report on transportation finds, but positive change is making big strides. From Uganda’s student bike-sharing programs, to Zambia’s village bicycle ambulances and Namibia’s bicycle-based recycling pickup service, Africans are taking an…

EU praises Kenya, encourages legal end to death penalty

The European Union and the member-state diplomats in Kenya have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to commute all death sentences for more than 2,700 inmates who remained on death row. Kenyatta announced the decision and held a signing ceremony on Monday afternoon. The prisoners will now serve life sentences, a…

Kenyatta: Prison release makes room for corruption arrests

The first of some 7,000 prisoners released from Kenyan facilities was to begin Thursday with a group leaving the Nairobi West facility, local media said, as President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed that corrupt leaders should take their place. Kenyatta’s remarks came during Mashujaa Day commemorations held at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. He…

Clinton v. Trump: Has Africa even come up in this debate?

“Has Africa even come up in this debate?” That’s what one person weighing in on social media wanted to know, and he wasn’t the only one to notice the absence of discussion about African nations and foreign policy during the final U.S. presidential debate. Watching in the wee hours, some…

UN report on Somalia piracy highlights illegal fishing link

Somali pirate gangs are holding 39 hostages, five of them from Kenya, according to a United Nations Security Council report that highlights the continued role of illegal fishing and its links to piracy risks. The annual update on piracy and security interventions off the coast of Somalia listed the Kenyan hostages…

Kenyan receives Borlaug Award at World Food Prize symposium

Dr. Andrew Mude of Kenya has received the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, presented at the World Food Prize international symposium in the United States on Wednesday. Mude, an economist and lead scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, was chosen for his…