• Ending FGM: Lessons from Uganda and Kenya

    Ending FGM: Lessons from Uganda and Kenya0

    On February 6, Uganda and Kenya joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. The day came amidst a surge in FGM incidents in Kween district – one of the hotspots in Uganda – where at least 100 girls and women were mutilated. The two continue to

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  • WHAT IS YOUR TRIBE? The Invention Of Kenya’s Ethnic Communities

    WHAT IS YOUR TRIBE? The Invention Of Kenya’s Ethnic Communities0

    David Ndii’s decision to publicly renounce Kikuyu ethnicity last year and adopt a “Jaluo” one may spark a long overdue debate about the nature of ethnicity in Kenya and in Africa. For many people, both on the continent and outside it, the idea of tribe – with its connotations of strong, primitive, primordial ethnicity and ancient

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  • The Outlook for Kenyan Politics in 2019

    The Outlook for Kenyan Politics in 20190

    For Kenyans, 2018 begun on a knife edge. The final months of 2017 had been dominated by a dispute over the annulled August presidential election and the repeat in October. After President Uhuru Kenyatta was controversially sworn in for a second term in November, his rival, Raila Odinga promised to have a parallel inauguration ceremony,

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  • How lessons from the past helped save lives in Tuesday’s Nairobi terror attack

    How lessons from the past helped save lives in Tuesday’s Nairobi terror attack0

    At 3.30 PM on Tuesday 15th of January 2019, five gunmen blasted their way into the Dusit Complex on 14 Riverside Drive in the Westlands area of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. They shot at anyone and anything on sight. When the guns went silent thirteen hours later and with all the attackers having been neutralized, 20

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  • How to Talk About Terror Attacks

    How to Talk About Terror Attacks0

    The attack on the Dusit D2 hotel complex seems frighteningly familiar. From the images of people crouching along flower beds as gunshots ring out, to the smoke billowing from the top of the building, to the report of people hiding in rooms from terrorists, it feels like a rerun of the attack on the Westgate

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Here’s a promising new channel for promoting thoughtful discussion on important issues - Alastair and I were happy to be participants in the first episode. twitter.com/discours…