Kenya

The first group of Kenyan evacuees from Sudan arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, April 24, 2023.

Millions of Sudanese displaced by war at home grapple with an uncertain future

More than 10 million people have been displaced by the ongoing war in Sudan. They’re hoping for an internationally mediated end to the conflict and a new democratic government for their country.

Millions of Sudanese displaced by war at home grapple with an uncertain future
The directors of “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” along with some other guests from Africa visit Disney studios to meet with filmmakers

Contemporary African animators make their mark on the international scene

Contemporary African animators make their mark on the international scene
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Series of reimagined African folk tales launches on Netflix

Series of reimagined African folk tales launches on Netflix
Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 28, 2021

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia
Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport
Angella Okutoyi, 18, seen wearing a red shirt and swinging a ball with her racket, is Kenya's fastest-rising tennis star.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation

Even since 18-year-old Angella Okutoyi's Wimbledon win last month, she's been getting a lot of attention at home from aspiring tennis players. Her ascension in the sport comes after a long road of hard work, perseverance and determination against the odds.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation
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Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results

The president-elect, who has served as deputy president for the past 10 years, has been elected at a time when Kenya's flailing, debt-laden economy has left a lot of people struggling to make ends meet. 

Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results
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Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election

While countries around the world have begun congratulating the president-elect, within Kenya, the results remain controversial and disputed.

Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election
People line up to cast their vote in Kenya's general election in Eldoret, Kenya, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2022. Kenyans are voting to choose between opposition leader Raila Odinga Deputy President William Ruto to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta after a decade in

Kenyan presidential election sparks debate on haves and have-nots in Kenya 

Voters say they hope for a peaceful transition of power after previous elections were marred by violence — often along ethnic lines. This time, voter turnout is low, but those casting ballots are focused more on issues than ethnic affiliation.

Kenyan presidential election sparks debate on haves and have-nots in Kenya 
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New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election

US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman has just arrived in the capital Nairobi ahead of the country's heated presidential elections. She gave her first press conference over the weekend. While Whitman is more known for leading Fortune 500 companies than diplomacy, she says she will leverage her experience in this new role. 

New US ambassador to Kenya arrives ahead of Tuesday's election
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Kenya’s popular band Sauti Sol calls on Kenyans to vote

Ahead of Kenya's presidential election on Tuesday, Afropop stars Sauti Sol are using their music to encourage young Kenyans to vote. “A lot of the youth in Kenya feel like their voice doesn't really count,” said band member Bien-Aimè Alusa. 

Kenya’s popular band Sauti Sol calls on Kenyans to vote
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TikTok can be a ‘dangerous tool for hatemongers,’ Kenyan govt warns ahead of elections

A new Mozilla Foundation report states that election disinformation and hate speech are being spread through TikTok in the run up to elections in Kenya next month. After violence erupted during 2007 elections, the government created an agency to quell ethnic strife, and it warns against a repeat of the unrest.

TikTok can be a ‘dangerous tool for hatemongers,’ Kenyan govt warns ahead of elections
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Kenya’s abortion debate

In Kenya, a recent court case there has revived the abortion debate. Conflicting legislation has stirred confusion about what is and is not illegal. The World’s Halima Gikandi brings us more from Nairobi.

Kenya’s abortion debate
In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. 

Civil warcraft: Part II

In this week's Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, Kelsey D. Atherton takes a deep dive into insurgency and counterinsurgency in urban warfare.

Civil warcraft: Part II
US Army soldiers assigned to the 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Guardian, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa, provide security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during loading and unloading operations at a

US redeployment of troops to Somalia raises questions about 'strategic endgame'

The decision effectively reverses former President Donald Trump's move in January 2021 to withdraw hundreds of US troops operating in Somalia. 

US redeployment of troops to Somalia raises questions about 'strategic endgame'