By Katy Migiro

Liberia tops UNICEF ranking of 10 worst countries for access to primary school

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liberia has the highest proportion of children missing out on primary school education, the United Nations said on Thursday, with nearly two-thirds of its children never stepping inside a classroom...

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 11:32 AM

Kenya close to ending drought crises, says local scientist award winner

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya is on its way to breaking the devastating cycle of drought, poverty and hunger over the next decade, a leading scientist said as he was named winner of a prestigious award. Kenyan scientist...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:43 PM

Floods in Ethiopia displace hundreds of thousands as more rains forecast: U.N.

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 600,000 Ethiopians have fled their homes since March, largely due to flooding, the United Nations said on Wednesday, with more rain predicted up to December. Ethiopia was hit in 2015 by...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 4:05 PM

Child soldier 'nightmare' could be imminent in South Sudan: UNICEF

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A spike in the forced recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan could be imminent, the United Nations' children's agency said on Friday, amid fears that the world's youngest nation is on the brink of renewed...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 5:35 AM

Food rations cut as South Sudan refugee influx to Uganda overwhelms agencies

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to halve food rations for 200,000 refugees in Uganda, following an "overwhelming" influx of South Sudanese fleeing attacks, forced recruitment, hunger and rape, the U.N. food agency said...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:04 PM

Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation by the end of the year without additional aid, an international charity said on Thursday...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 8:58 PM

El Nino driving child marriage and labor across southern Africa - agencies

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of children across southern Africa are being pushed out of school and into early marriage or child labor because of drought and hunger caused by the El Nino weather pattern, charities said on...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 11:38 AM

Malala shocked as crying Burundian girls recall rape fleeing war

By Katy Migiro MAHAMA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than a dozen schoolgirls broke down in tears as one told Malala Yousafzai about the rapes they experienced and witnessed while fleeing to Rwanda in 2015 to escape fighting in Burundi...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:10 AM

Malala says Somali refugee girls' future at risk if Kenya sends them home

By Katy Migiro DADAAB, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somali schoolgirls risk losing out on education and becoming child brides if they are forced to leave the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya and move to their war-...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 8:02 PM

Cannibalism, rape and death: trauma as South Sudan turns five

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mass killings, rape, torture, abductions and forced cannibalism have led to an increase in mental illness in South Sudan, with patients routinely housed in prisons due to an "almost total" absence of mental...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 2:34 AM

'We were waiting for our deaths': Kenyan widows saved by tribal elders

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan widow Rodah Nafula Wekesa clutched her children as her late husband's brother tried to hack his way into their mud-walled home with a machete, angered by her refusal to give up her land....

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 3:58 PM

Branded witches and cursed by spirits, Kenyan widows ousted from land

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Juma Kalume Musunye's six grandchildren beat her until she fell to the ground crying, and then doused her in petrol, claiming she had used witchcraft to paralyze their mother's hands. "They wanted to...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 5:44 AM

More time needed to send Somali refugees home, U.N. tells Kenya

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya must relax its November deadline for sending some 350,000 Somalis home from the world's largest refugee complex as parts of their war-torn nation are unsafe, the United Nations refugee chief said on Monday...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 4:51 PM

Four reasons why Africa, Gates and Obama want to end malaria

By Katy Migiro ARUSHA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, and U.S. President Barack Obama are giving financial backing to global plans to eliminate malaria. The Gateses aim to eradicate...

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 10:37 AM

In the lab: six innovations scientists hope will end malaria

By Katy Migiro ARUSHA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After being abandoned as too ambitious in 1969, global plans to eliminate malaria are back on the agenda, with financial backing from the world's richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, and U.S....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 10:41 AM