Tonny Onyulo is a freelance print and broadcast journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He reports across Africa. He has worked for both local and international media, including Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), County Newspaper in Nairobi, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, USA Today, Washington Times, NBC, Newsweek, Quartz and Global Post.
Al-Shabab militants: Create chaos, pain for Somalis: Since Somalia's central government collapsed in the early 1990s, al-Shabab has emerged as the greatest threat to international efforts to rebuild the east African nation. The al-Qaeda-linked militants extort, kidnap, stage terror attacks and control remote areas of the countryside.
Wilson Harling Kinyua is serving a life sentence inside one of Africa's toughest jails - Kamiti Maximum Security prison in Nairobi, Kenya. He's been there for 16 years. The way he tells it, he was an innocent bystander as an armed robbery played out nearby. But that's not how the authorities saw it. He was arrested and charged for being involved. Without access to a lawyer and unable to call on a character witness to vouch for his honesty, the young college student was convicted and despatched to Kamiti where he's protested his innocence ever since. Without a legal-aid system and with a critical shortage of lawyers and a courts choked with an insurmountable backlog of cases there wouldn't appear to be much hope of Harling ever overturning his conviction and regaining his freedom. Unless of course he was encouraged and enabled to make the case himself. Harling is one of many inmates who've taken the opportunity to learn about criminal law, participate in mock trials and review an
Boko Haram: Haunts kids, 'I wish I could also have died' Children in northern Nigeria bear the brunt of Boko Haram's rampage since its fighters kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last year and conquered enough territory to declare a caliphate that covers one-fifth of Nigeria.Memories of Boko Haram's murderous spree haunt children who have taken refugee in neighbouring countries including Chad.
Christian-Muslim conflict: In Central African Republic has refugees afraid to leave camps: Refugees fears leaving the camp and encountering “anti-balaka” fighters — the predominantly Christian and animist militias formed after Islamic rebels calling themselves Seleka seized the government in late 2013 and attacked non-Muslim villages, plunging the country into sectarian war.
Witch hunts increase in Tanzania as albino deaths jump: This East African country is grappling with an upswing in vigilante justice as villagers attack women they believe are witches responsible for the murders of albinos, whose white skin some believe possess magical powers.Tanzania has one of the world's highest albinism rates. However, people there who have the condition fear for their lives.
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