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Hannah McNeish is a journalist based in Glasgow, U.K.
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Kenya issues smart ID cards to protect fishing and forests

28 Oct 2023  |  nationalpost
Kenya has introduced 'smart' identity cards, known as Mvuvi cards, to distinguish genuine fishermen and loggers from poachers in Lamu County, which houses 60% of the country's protected mangrove forests. The cards, featuring photos and fingerprints, aim to curb illegal activities and protect the environment. Funded by the EU and USAID, the project initially launched in 2018 but faced security issues. The initiative is now being strengthened, with 700 fishermen registered and plans to issue 1,000 cards in the first phase. The cards are expected to enhance security and support the fishing industry, which is under threat from climate change, poaching, and mangrove loss.

Kenya issues smart ID cards to protect fishing and forests

28 Oct 2019  |  Mail Online
Kenya's north coast fishing communities are set to benefit from government-issued 'smart' ID cards called Mvuvi cards, designed to distinguish legitimate fishermen and loggers from poachers. The cards, which feature a photo and fingerprint, will help protect against illegal fishing and logging of mangroves, crucial for mitigating climate change impacts. Mangroves absorb and store carbon dioxide effectively and provide coastal protection and fish breeding grounds. Kenya has lost a significant portion of its mangroves, with 20% disappearing between 1985 and 2009. The Mvuvi card project, funded by the EU and USAID, aims to secure the fishing industry, which faces threats from climate change, poaching, and mangrove loss. The initiative is led by the Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative, which plans to issue cards to 1,000 fishermen in its first phase.

Kenya issues smart ID cards to protect fishing and forests

28 Oct 2019  |  news.trust.org
Kenya has introduced 'smart' identity cards, known as Mvuvi cards, to help distinguish genuine fishermen and loggers from poachers along its north coast. These cards, featuring photos and fingerprints, aim to curb illegal fishing and logging, particularly in Lamu County, which houses a significant portion of Kenya's protected mangrove forests. The initiative, funded by the EU and USAID, seeks to address the adverse effects of climate change and over-harvesting of mangroves. The project, initially piloted in 2018, has faced security challenges but aims to issue 1,000 cards in its first phase. Local fishermen have reported declining fish stocks and increased challenges due to climate change and competition from foreign vessels.

Kyrgyzstan’s space women blast off from male dominance

24 Jun 2019  |  aljazeera.com
In Kyrgyzstan, a group of young women are defying gender norms by building the country's first spacecraft, aiming to launch a CubeSat by 2021. The Kyrgyz Space Program, consisting of women aged 17 to 25, is learning physics, computer programming, and 3D printing to empower women in a country where gender discrimination is prevalent. The project, financed by crowdfunding and supported by foreign embassies and organizations, has received guidance from NASA rocket scientist Camille Wardrop Alleyne. Despite facing criticism and trolling, the team is determined to send a feminist message and inspire women and girls globally.

Women in Kyrgyzstan are fighting sexism by joining the space race

13 May 2019  |  www.wired.com
In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, a group of young women known as The Satellite Girls are working to build the country's first spacecraft through the Kyrgyz Space Programme. Initiated in 2018, the programme aims to launch a CubeSat satellite by 2021, with training led by 19-year-old Alina Anisimova. The project, supported by mentors like NASA's Camille Wardrop Alleyne, seeks to empower women in a country with high levels of gender discrimination. The programme is financed through crowdfunding and aims to inspire future space projects and societal empowerment.

Shorter treatments transform lives of TB patients in Kyrgyzstan

03 Apr 2019  |  telegraph.co.uk
Kyrgyzstan, a country with high rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), is pioneering shorter, more effective treatments recommended by the WHO since 2015. The new treatments, including drugs like bedaquiline and delamanid, have reduced treatment times to 9-12 months with fewer side effects. A project funded by USAID and led by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has also minimized hospital stays, improved outpatient care, and increased treatment adherence through home visits and video calls. The first cohort of patients showed a promising 80% success rate, a significant improvement from the previous 56%.

Hannah McNeish

20 May 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
Hannah McNeish is a British freelance journalist with a decade of experience reporting from Africa, starting in 2010. Her journalistic work primarily concentrates on issues related to conflict and human rights. Given the nature of her reporting, McNeish likely covers stories that involve war reporting and investigative journalism, shedding light on the complexities and challenges faced by individuals and communities in conflict zones. Her work contributes to the global understanding of the human rights situation in various African regions.

Running from rape in Burundi

06 May 2016  |  www.unhcr.org
The article highlights the harrowing experiences of Burundian refugees fleeing violence and sexual abuse, particularly at the hands of the ruling party militia, Imbonerakure. It details the brutal assaults and rapes faced by both women and men, and the ongoing challenges they face in refugee camps in Tanzania. Despite efforts by UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee to provide medical treatment, counselling, and legal services, a lack of funding hampers long-term recovery programs. The narrative underscores the urgent need for more resources to support survivors and prevent further sexual violence.

The endangered lifeline of Madagascar’s sharks

29 Nov 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
Madagascar's shark populations are dwindling due to overfishing and lack of effective enforcement of international conservation laws. Local communities, heavily reliant on fishing for their livelihood, face economic hardships as shark numbers decline. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wildlife Conservation Society and Blue Ventures aim to establish protected areas and monitor shark catches, but challenges remain due to limited resources and enforcement capabilities. The article highlights the urgent need for sustainable fishing practices and better data collection to protect these vital marine species.

Reliving the rape camps of South Sudan’s civil war

29 Sep 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
Thousands of women and girls in South Sudan's Unity state have been abducted for sex slavery by government soldiers and allied militias during the civil war that began in 2013. Despite the official end of fighting, survivors continue to suffer. Interviews reveal organized abduction, trade, and enslavement, with victims subjected to gang rape, forced labor, and murder for resistance. The UN has documented extensive abuses, including rape and killings of children. Unity's acting governor, Stephen Taker, denies these allegations, while the UN special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has described Bentiu as the worst situation she's seen in 30 years.

The story of how 'Dr. Crocodildo' paved the way for sex toys in Kenya

17 Sep 2015  |  www.vice.com
Peter Karanja, known as Dr. Crocodildo, established a sex toy website in Kenya, a country with conservative views on sex. Despite legal restrictions on pornography and 'indecent' materials, sex toys remain technically legal, allowing Karanja to build a legitimate industry. The website, started in 2009, offers discreet delivery in Nairobi and has a broad selection of imported toys. Valentine Njoroge, a columnist for The Star, discusses the significance of sex toys for African women's ownership of their bodies and sexuality, especially in a society where female genital mutilation and sexual violence are prevalent. The emergence of sex toys challenges traditional views on women's sexuality in Kenya. Following Dr. Crocodildo, other sex toy companies like Raha Toys and Pazuri Place have also grown, indicating a shift in cultural attitudes and the potential for sexual empowerment.

How a Man Named Dr. Crocodildo Brought Sex Toys to Kenya

16 Sep 2015  |  www.vice.com
Peter Karanja, known as Dr. Crocodildo, has pioneered the sex toy industry in Kenya, a country with conservative views on sex. Despite pornography being illegal, sex toys remain technically legal, allowing Karanja to capitalize on this opportunity. He started doctorcrocodildo.com to provide a variety of sex toys with discreet delivery in Nairobi. The presence of sex toys is seen as empowering for Kenyan women, challenging traditional views that their sexuality belongs to men. The industry has grown, with competitors like Raha Toys and Pazuri Place also emerging. Writer Valentine Njoroge, a sex columnist, highlights the importance of this shift for women's sexual autonomy in Kenya.

Rampant corruption in Tanzania keeps fruits of the many in hands of the few

29 Jul 2015  |  www.theguardian.com
Tanzania, despite receiving substantial foreign aid and experiencing economic growth, is grappling with rampant corruption that undermines its development. The country's corruption perception has worsened, ranking 119th out of 175 countries. High-profile scandals, such as the siphoning of funds from the central bank, have led to donor suspensions. With elections approaching, concerns about corruption and repression are mounting. The ruling CCM party has been in power since independence, and there is fear that natural gas discoveries could lead to further inequality. Efforts by the PCCB to combat corruption are seen as ineffective, with high-level officials often remaining immune from prosecution. The public is increasingly frustrated with corruption but has not yet mobilized against it.

Tanzania accused of making laws on the hoof in 'Kafkaesque' curb on free speech

08 Jul 2015  |  the Guardian
Tanzania's recent legislative actions, including the Cybercrimes Act and the Statistics Act, are seen as severe threats to freedom of speech and independent reporting, especially in the lead-up to the October elections. Activists and journalists, such as Maria Sarungi Tsehai and Maxence Melo, express deep concerns over these laws, which criminalize the sharing of certain information and force service providers to share user data. The laws have been criticized for their potential to stifle dissent and transparency, with significant implications for platforms like JamiiForums, which has played a crucial role in exposing corruption. The government's stance has drawn both domestic and international criticism, highlighting a growing tension between state control and civil liberties.

A broken family escapes fighting in Yemen

24 Apr 2015  |  unhcr.org
Fairuz and his wife Hannah, devastated by the conflict in Yemen, were forced to leave their eldest son Adeeb behind as they fled sniper bullets and airstrikes in Aden. Paying $1,300, Fairuz managed to get his family onto a boat to Djibouti. Now in a transit camp in Obock, they are haunted by the fear for Adeeb's safety and the violence they witnessed, including young people being targeted by Houthi rebels. Fairuz, a carpenter, is torn between the dangers of returning to Yemen and the perilous journey to Europe, while grappling with the loss of his homeland and the safety of his family.

Wasting away in Burundi

21 Feb 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
In northern Burundi, chronic malnutrition and hunger have forced many farmers like Avito Ndikumasabo to abandon their land and seek aid from the UN’s World Food Programme. The region suffers from severe poverty, overpopulation, and climatic disasters, leading to widespread malnutrition, especially among children. Efforts to combat hunger include land conservation and supplemented feeding programs, but the challenges are immense. Land disputes are common, and the population growth exacerbates the scarcity of arable land. The situation calls for better farming methods and resources to prevent further deterioration.

Claims of Electoral Fraud in Advance of Burundi Vote

20 Dec 2014  |  Voice of America
In Burundi, reports of beatings, intimidation, and extortion have raised concerns of political repression as elections approach in May. Despite a recent decrease in violence, activists, journalists, and political opponents allege that the ruling party is now engaging in electoral fraud. Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana has dismissed these allegations, as well as a U.N. report accusing government allies of arming youth members. Rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa claims the ruling party has shifted tactics from violence to vote rigging. Observers have reported youths being bussed to multiple voting locations. The head of the electoral commission, Ndayicariye, has labeled the accusations as political speculation. A coalition of 18 political parties is threatening an election boycott unless a reliable registration process is established, warning of potential violence if their demands are not met.

The things they left behind

15 Dec 2014  |  unhcr.org
Nearly 200,000 people have fled to Ethiopia from South Sudan due to a brutal civil war, often arriving with nothing. In refugee camps, UNHCR and partners strive to improve living conditions. Refugees share poignant memories of personal items left behind, symbolizing their former lives and dreams. These items range from a tailor's sewing machine, children's toys, and a comfortable bed, to shoes, a mother's earnings, a student's laptop, and the simple pleasure of eating bread. Their stories reflect the profound impact of loss and the struggle to rebuild lives amidst ongoing conflict.

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