Though U.S. President Donald Trump has issued several orders aimed at barring immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, Somali Christians are hopeful that they can someday find refuge in the U.S. to practice their religion freely. Many Somali refugees resettled in Kenya, but there, too, Somali Christians face persecution while Kenyan officials seek to close the refugee camps.
Refugees who fled from Uganda because they are gay, lesbian or another sexual minority say they are also unwelcome in Kenya. A group of LGBT refugees have been protesting at the U.N. refugee agency’s Nairobi headquarters, demanding to be resettled somewhere safer.
Having seen an older sister suffer from the effects of female genital mutilation, Yusuf Mohammed began his own anti-FGM crusade. He’s had some success in turning people away from the practice, despite intense opposition from local elders.
Only 3 percent among thousands in the Makonde community, members of which began arriving in Kenya from Mozambique in the 1920s, possess crucial identity cards, and some have waited for decades to receive them. Kenya’s president has directed that by December all Makonde will get the cards, which are required to open a bank account or buy a home, among other basic activities.
In 2007, hundreds of people were forced to move from a southern Kenyan village to make space for mineral sands mining, but more than 100 land disputes, none of which have been settled, arose from the relocation. Petitioners say they were never compensated or were given uninhabitable land, among other complaints, though the mining company denies these claims and cites its development projects for the people.
As a world wildlife conference approaches, certain nations argue that elephant hunting generates revenue for conservation, while Japan, as a purchaser, says it wants to aid poorer people. But a coalition responds that lucrative ivory sales in some parts of Africa trigger killings of elephants in other regions, and that the trade fuels terrorism.
Among the challenges for HIV-positive inmates are lack of food that meets their dietary needs and susceptibility to tuberculosis. The support groups, part of an HIV prevention and care program active in all the nation’s prisons, mitigate those challenges and create awareness about HIV prevention and care.