Stories: Africa

  • Hungry, Kenya Fights AIDS

    “HIV is a national disaster.” These are the words of Dr. Bashir M. Issak, director of the Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in Kenya. He is referring to the deadliest periods of AIDS in the country and in the world, such as in 1999. As a microcosm of Africa, a panoramic of the...

  • How Are You?

    Expecting social, political and economic degradation in an African slum is akin to saying it’s wet when it rains. Everyone knows the continent is the poorest, most abused, and most underdeveloped on the planet. But Kibera, the largest sub-Saharan slum, embedded in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, frightens even the most prepared visitors. It is a hell under...

  • Staying Healthy in Africa’s Largest Slum

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is traveling in Kenya with a group of 11 influential bloggers from around the world, examining reproductive health issues in that East African country. On the trip, they will see a cross-section of Kenyan life. The bloggers began with a visit to Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world, on their first full...

  • Who Cares About Reproductive Health?

    Samuel Siringi is one of twenty-seven children in his family. In Kenya, the population increases by one million every year, and unemployment remains high. On a recent IRP trip to Kenya, Julienne Gage spoke to Siringi about his experiences growing up in a large family and his decision to study reproductive health and population growth.

  • Kenya: Microcosm of Africa

    “Hakuna matata,” “karibu,” and “harambee” may be considered the Holy Trinity of Kenyan culture. They are key words in Swahili, the most-spoken African dialect in the country, alongside English. They say, respectively, “no problems,” “welcome” and something close to the slogan “a country for all,” used by the...

  • Es geht nach Kenia!

    Read an English translation. Ab Sonntag wird es hier an dieser Stelle eine ganz besondere „Aus­lands­korrespondenz“ geben. Für zehn Tage werde ich, Charlott von Afrika Wissen Schaft, in Kenia verweilen und von dort aus den einen oder anderen Text verfassen. Eingeladen hat das International Reporting Project. Neben mir werden elf weitere Blogger...

  • Off to Kenya!

    Starting Sunday, there will be a very special “foreign correspondence” here. For ten days I, Charlott of Afrika Wissen Schaft, will be in Kenya and will write multiple blog entries by invitation of the the International Reporting Project. Ten other bloggers will be also there, representing Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. A tightly scheduled program...