Kenya: Kenya Faces Devastating Prosopis Invasion – What Can Be Done

[The Conversation Africa] Woody plant species have been deliberately introduced into many arid and semi-arid regions across the world as they can help combat desertification and provide resources – like fuelwood – to the rural poor. But some of these alien trees and shrubs have become invasive, having devastating effects on other species as well as people.

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Nigeria: Writer Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins 2019 Caine Prize

[The Caine Prize] Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing – often described as Africa’s leading literary award, for her short story entitled “Skinned”, published inMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53) 2018.

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Kenya: Nairobi Police Executing Suspects

[HRW] Police in Kenya have killed no fewer than 21 men and boys in Nairobi’s low-income areas, apparently with no justification, claiming they were criminals, Human Rights Watch said today. The extrajudicial killings point to a broader problem of police using excessive, unlawful force in the name of maintaining law and order in Nairobi’s informal settlements and failing to comply with the law in ensuring all police killings are reported, investigated, and those respaonsible for unlawful killings are

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