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Cattle raiding in Kenya is often viewed in the legitimizing context of tradition, climate change and resource conflict, but increasingly it has much more to do with organized crime meeting a rising demand for meat, and political violence resulting from a new devolutionary constitution.

The human cost of raids is immense: hundreds are killed every year and many thousands forcibly displaced.

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.

Young unemployed men play cards in an abandoned warehouse in Conakry (Sept 2013)  © Tommy Trenchard/IRIN

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:05

New AAF Project Manager in Kenya - Stella Mawondo

Amsha Africa Foundation (AAF) is happy to welcome our newest team member, Stella Mawondo.

Stella Mawondo

Stella is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the newest member of AAF, joining the team as a Project Manager.

She brings to AAF years of experience having worked within the Kenyan Government and parastatals as a project administrator/secretary for 30+ years.

Stella will work closely with AAF's Kenya staff in implementing projects in the grassroots and ensuring our programs comply with government regulations.

To see our other staff profiles, please visit our website at http://amshaafrica.org/about-us/our-staff.html

 

This is a holiday card project piloted by Katie Burke of San Francisco in 2009, in partnership with Amsha Africa Foundation. For this project, children in the U.S. make holiday cards for children in Kenya, and Amsha Africa brings them to Kenyan orphanages. These are the cards the children made this year.

When Njeri Njoka first became a housewife 20 years ago, finding firewood was hardly a problem. These days, however, she combs the floor of the furniture-making sheds that have mushroomed in her village of Igoji in Eastern Kenya, looking for wood chips. Seldom are any to be found.

Kawira Cianjira tends a flowering mango plot at her village in Mananja, Eastern Kenya. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Kagondu Njagi

Work is to start on a new global standard for measuring food loss and waste, which experts hope will help reduce the significant amount of food that does not get eaten because it is spoiled or thrown away.

The world is facing unprecedented challenges from climate change and implications are particularly severe in the sphere of agriculture. The sector faces unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, which are having a devastating impact on the lives of farmers in developing countries and global food security.

Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a new global index on modern slavery showed.

Almost half are in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labor in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation, although the scourge exists in all 162 countries surveyed by Walk Free, an Australian-based rights group.

In an area of Nigeria where an Islamic insurgency has caught fire, security forces are carrying out night raids in residential neighborhoods and have arrested many people. No one knows where the detainees have wound up, whether they're in good health or even if they're still alive.

Distraught relatives, human rights organizations and journalists have asked the army, the police, intelligence services and government officials where the arrested people are, to no avail. No one even knows, or is saying, how many people have been detained.

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