Used Clothes Ban May Crimp Kenyan Style. It May Also Lift Local Design.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Catherine Muringo’s wardrobe consists of secondhand outfits shipped from all over the world: colorful blouses and jeans from Canada, floral dresses from the United States, trench coats from Australia and leather handbags from the United Kingdom. For years, Ms. Muringo bought the used clothes and accessories at cheap prices in open-air markets […]

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Explosions in Somalia Leave at Least 5 Dead

NAIROBI, Kenya — Attacks in two of Somalia’s largest cities killed five people and wounded 16 others Saturday, in the latest example of the chronic failure of the country’s security sector to crack down on terrorist groups. In the capital, Mogadishu, a suicide car bomber targeted a tax collection center in the Hamar Jajab district […]

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Singer’s Killing Shows Ethiopia’s ‘Combustible’ Politics

NAIROBI, Kenya — In life, Hachalu Hundessa’s protest songs roused and united Ethiopians yearning for freedom and justice. He is doing the same in death, with thousands flocking on Thursday to bury him in Ambo, the town 60 miles west of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he was born and raised. Mr. Hundessa, […]

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Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead

NAIROBI, Kenya — Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent Ethiopian singer, songwriter and activist, has been shot dead in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in a killing that risked heightening tensions in a nation taking stuttering steps toward establishing a multiparty democracy. Mr. Hundessa, 34, was shot late on Monday night in the Gelan Condominiums area of […]

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Over, W.H.O. Says

NAIROBI, Kenya — The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history is over, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after nearly two years and 2,280 deaths. Efforts to fight the outbreak in eastern Congo were hampered by mistrust from community members, feuds between government officials, attacks on health care facilities and the emergence of new hot […]

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President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, 55, Dies of Heart Attack

NAIROBI, Kenya — President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi died of heart failure on Monday just weeks after a crucial election to choose a successor to replace him after 15 years of autocratic rule over the Central African nation. He was 55. Mr. Nkurunziza’s death was announced by the government on Tuesday on Twitter. He died […]

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An African Literary Festival for the Age of Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya — For the novelist Maaza Mengiste, the coronavirus lockdowns and stay-at-home measures that have taken hold around the world have brought back the sense of exile she felt when she and her family fled Ethiopia in the 1970s. So it was a welcome reprieve when she was asked to participate in and help […]

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Three Weeks in April: An E.M.T. Crew Faces Exhaustion, Isolation and Death

After three years living in Nairobi, Kenya, working as a photojournalist throughout Africa and the Middle East, I decided I wanted move home and pursue a career in public safety. I had always been interested in emergency medicine and was an emergency medical technician in college, so I got recertified and was hired by Empress […]

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Kenyans Held For Weeks in Quarantine Were Told to Pay to Get Out

NAIROBI, Kenya — When Valentine Ochogo arrived home in Kenya after being laid off from her job at a hot-air balloon business in Dubai, she was put in quarantine in a university dormitory with other travelers — one step in the government’s aggressive, often-lauded campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But instead of […]

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‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms.

NAIROBI, Kenya — In the largest slum in Kenya’s capital, people desperate to eat set off a stampede during a recent giveaway of flour and cooking oil, leaving scores injured and two people dead. In India, thousands of workers are lining up twice a day for bread and fried vegetables to keep hunger at bay. […]

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Congo Was Close to Defeating Ebola. Then One More Case Emerged.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Health workers in lime-green scrubs and white gumboots danced, ululated and drummed on buckets in celebration as the woman they hoped would be the last patient treated for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was released from a treatment center there in early March. Their fight to conquer the Ebola epidemic, […]

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World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa will enter recession in 2020

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The World Bank forecasts the sub-Saharan Africa region’s economic growth for 2020 will contract because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, going into a recession for the first time in 25 years, it said on Thursday. The bank’s Africa’s Pulse report said this year’s growth will be between minus 2.1% to […]

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Catherine Hamlin, Pioneering Doctor Who Treated Childbirth Injury, Dies at 96

NAIROBI, Kenya — Dr. Catherine Hamlin, an Australian obstetrician and gynecologist who devoted her life to treating Ethiopian women with a devastating childbearing injury and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died at her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. She was 96. Her death on Wednesday was announced by […]

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