east Africa

Basics
0 New law makes harsher climate for gay Ugandans

Ugandan pupils from different schools take part in an event organised by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill.AP Photo/Stephen Wandera Boston, MA – Returning home to Uganda after two years makes James* feel uneasy. As a gay man from a country that penalizes homosexuality, James…

Basics
0 The trouble with Maasai boys

Uwiro, Tanzania - A drought in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northwest Tanzania claimed the lives of more than 200 children in 2011. The dry season and unsure rains mean that the Maasai children that live in the region are still at risk. It may be the boys who are at…

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0 Bringing better nutrition to Tanzania’s farmers

Six percent of children were characterized as wasted (critically below healthy weight for the appropriate age group) in September 2012. Last month, that number reached zero after a steady decline. More children are considered on target now than a year ago by more than 10 percentage points.

Human Rights
2 Bono uses the F word

Bono, U2′s lead singer and perhaps the world’s leading (or at least most celebrated) advocate in the fight against global poverty, has been known to use the F word on occasion. Here, in this post for the ONE campaign (which Bono co-founded as a grassroots lobbying campaign to urge governments…

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0 Interactive map of East Africa famine

The online international news organization GlobalPost has published this useful interactive map of the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. It is based on data from the UN’s World Food Programme (which I suppose justifies the somewhat invasive WFP request-to-donate button on the map). Go to link above. Below…

Basics
6 News update: Aid organizations continue to do media’s job

As I noted earlier, members of humanitarian organizations are often doing the media’s job overseas — of being there (when the media organization isn’t) and “reporting” on what’s happening. Joy Portella of Mercy Corps (the subject of my earlier post) is back in Seattle after traveling in East Africa and…