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Why The Western System Of COVID-19 Response Won’t Work In Africa

Confirmed Coronavirus cases have reached over 100,000 in Africa. According to the Africa Center of Regional Studies, the first case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported on February 15th, two months after the virus was initially identified in China. The spread of the pandemic in Africa has been relatively slow […]


COVID-19 And Natural Disasters: Severe Flooding In Kenya Kills Up To 300 And Prompts Health Scare

Severe flooding has caused devastation across several East African countries in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia, with a probable death toll of around 300. Kenya has faced the brunt of the disaster, with the government reporting 237 deaths as of […]


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U.S. To Allow Somalis To Report Deaths Of Civilians From U.S. Led Airstrikes

In February, an air strike caused severe civilian casualties in Somalia. This air strike was reportedly the fault of the U.S., a recent statement revealed. The U.S. Africa Command revealed a statement on Monday regarding the air strike. Reportedly, two Somali civilians were killed, and three were injured from the […]


Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East […]


Refugee Camps Struggle To Prevent Coronavirus Outbreaks

As Coronavirus spreads around the world, health experts and humanitarian groups warn that the disease could be especially devastating for individuals living in overcrowded refugee camps. While there are few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in refugee camps, testing is severely limited, and several doctors told the New York Times that […]


African Population Oppressed By Violent Enforcement Of National Lockdowns Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Abusive Authorities Kenya is one of several African states who have implemented strict and sometimes violent lockdown measures in the battle against Coronavirus. Kenya, Uganda and South Africa are not only imposing hand washing and social distancing regulations. Lockdowns, curfews and crowd control enforcement have resulted in civilian oppression and […]


Criticism Mounts As More Details Emerge Of Kenya’s COVID-19 Response

The level of international scrutiny towards Kenya’s COVID-19 response has increased in the last week. This is chiefly due to a recent Human Rights watch report establishing at least six people died due to excessive police force in the first 10 days of the curfew. Kenya’s central government have done […]


Report: The Ravaging Effects Of Indoor Air Pollution

Introduction In the past few months, citizens across the globe have been forced into isolation as a social-distancing measure to combat the spread of COVID-19. The OWP sends out its condolences to those who have lost friends and family members. However, as we begin to spend even more time inside […]


East African Food Shortages: Second Wave of Locusts Rocks the Region’s Food Supply

A wave of locust swarms is descending upon east Africa for the second time this year, according to a report update released by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) last week. The swarms threaten to devastate the food security and livelihoods of over 25 million people in the region. […]


East Africa Braces For Second Wave Of Locusts Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

For the second time this year, East African nations are bracing for the onslaught of locust swarms. The first swarms left the region devastated. The scientific journal, Nature, reported that the first swarms (spotted in at least eight countries) have placed an estimated 20 million people in the region at risk […]


In The Philippines And Elsewhere, Coronavirus Is Enabling Human Rights Abuses

On 5 April, it was announced that a 63-year-old man in the Philippines had been shot dead for violating coronavirus lockdown rules by not wearing a mask. To date, the virus has infected 4,428 Filipinos and killed 247, and with numbers increasing daily, the government has announced strict measures to […]


FGM Abolition Leads To Female Empowerment In Rural Kenya

Founded in 2012, the grassroots women’s rights charity Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) works to abolish female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, and gender discrimination in rural Kenya. I spoke to co-founder Sayydah Garrett about the foundation’s mission and the inspiring changes it has wrought within Samburu and Maasai society. Sayydah’s […]


Locusts Descend On Kenya

Much of eastern Africa is battling against swarms of locusts that have swept through the continent. In particular, Kenya faces its worst infestation in seventy years. Other countries impacted include South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda. This new crisis is exacerbating the current food shortage that has already impacted […]