Nita Bhalla

Rwanda’s genocide survivors find reconciliation, income in women’s cooperatives

12 Apr 2019

NYANZA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Immaculee Mukantabana, 57, and Constancia Uwimana, 39, may not seem any different to the dozen or so other women gathered at the cooperative meeting in southern Rwanda's Nyanza district.

How mass rape in genocide transformed Rwanda's response to AIDS

11 Apr 2019

MUHANGA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It would be ridiculous to ask 48-year-old Assoumpta who infected her with the AIDS virus. In the 100 days that spanned Rwanda's genocide in 1994, she doesn't know the number of times she was raped, let alone which men raped her.

Rwandan's genocide survivors tormented by horrors 25 years on

07 Apr 2019

KAMONYI, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Edith, a 51-year-old housewife, finds it difficult to listen to the radio or watch television in April, the month marking Rwanda's annual reminder of its 1994 genocide.

Factbox: Rwanda remembers the 800,000 killed on 25th anniversary of genocide

06 Apr 2019

KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rwanda embarks on a week of commemoration activities and 100 days of national mourning on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide in which 800,000 people - one tenth of its population - were killed in 100 days of slaughter.

Kenya orders closure of Dadaab refugee camp this year, according to leaked U.N. document

29 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya has ordered the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp by the middle of this year with the race now on to find homes for more than 210,000 people, according to a leaked internal United Nations document obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

First cyclone, then slavery: risks abound for Mozambique children

27 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of children who survived a cyclone in southeast Africa face fresh risks in its aftermath - being sold into slavery by human traffickers or forced into early marriage by families struggling to survive, aid workers say.

Victory for Kenya's LGBT+ community as charity wins right to be recognized

22 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A prominent LGBT+ organization in Kenya won the right to be recognized as a charity on Friday in a Court of Appeal ruling that could give greater freedom to persecuted sexual minorities across the country.

African cyclone survivors risk 'second wave' of loss with disease threat

22 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least half a million survivors of a powerful cyclone in southeast Africa are at risk of fatal diseases, from cholera and dysentery to malaria, aid workers warned on Thursday, as rescue teams struggled to reach flood-hit communities.

Factbox: Cyclone Idai's trail of destruction across southeast Africa

20 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rescue teams in southeast Africa were struggling on Wednesday to reach people stranded by flooding after Cyclone Idai killed hundreds and left a trail of destruction in one of the worst natural disasters to hit southern Africa in decades.

With photos, Kenyans say #WeCannotIgnore one million hungry people

19 Mar 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prominent Kenyans shared pictures of drought-hit communities on Twitter on Tuesday, calling for greater government action to end a hunger crisis which has left 1 million people short of food.

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