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Ravaging Drought Deepens in Kenya

Experts warn that Kenya is in the grip of the worst drought in recent history as government estimates show the number of people who are acutely food insecure has risen to 2.7 million, up from two million in January. This has necessitated the government to declare the crisis a national disaster as large parts of the country continue to succumb to the ravaging drought.

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Female Genital Mutilation is a Gruesome Impediment to the Empowerment of Women

On 06 February 2017, the world marks the 14th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).   Consider this, approximately 200 million girls and women alive today globally, have undergone some form of FGM.

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Poor nations’ economies grow with rising deforestation

Poor countries’ economic growth increases with deforestation rates but the effect disappears in wealthier economies, a study says. According to researchers, climatic factors and inadequate data make it difficult to establish the link between economic development and overexploitation of natural resources. But using satellite data, researchers were able to assess the link between deforestation rates and economic factors across countries.

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The long short history of Angolan-Israeli state relations

Following the vote in favor of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 (2016) condemning illegal Israeli settlements of Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem, Israel cut diplomatic ties with 10 of the 15 member states that compose the UNSC. Israel reserved a specific retaliation for the UNSC’s two African member states: no more international development aid for Senegal and Angola.

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Refugees from Boko Haram Languish in Cameroon

Minawao Camp (Cameroon) – Tears spring to Aichatou Njoya’s eyes as she recalls the day Islamic militants from Boko Haram arrived on her doorstep in Nigeria. “It was on May 24, 2013. My husband was sleeping in his room while I was on the other side of the house with our six children. The youngest was only one month old,” she mutters, pausing to collect herself.

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Understanding human smuggling is key to better migration policy

Pretoria (South Africa) – Human smugglers are responsible for the loss of life and abuse of vulnerable migrants escaping conflict, violent extremism and chronic poverty in Africa. But what do we know about smugglers and their business models? Pioneering research by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (Global Initiative) gets to the heart of the ‘migration crisis’.

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