By Kieran Guilbert

After Ebola, ban on pregnant pupils sours return to school in Sierra Leone

By Kieran Guilbert KAMBIA, Sierra Leone (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Beaten at home by her parents and unable to go to school due to the Ebola outbreak which devastated Sierra Leone, 15-year-old Rugiatu Conteh had nowhere to go, and no one she could turn to...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 11:41 AM

Sierra Leone urged to ban FGM after death of teenage girl

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a teenage girl in Sierra Leone during a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure performed by a women-run secret society should spur the West African nation to ban the practice, anti-FGM...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 5:26 PM

Lake Chad 'forgotten' as world focuses on Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world must not forget about the impact of the Boko Haram insurgency on West Africa's Lake Chad region where 100,000 people are uprooted, as fears of famine rise in northeast Nigeria, aid agencies said on...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 10:13 PM

Activists demand justice after Kenyan hacks off wife's hands in machete attack

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan man who chopped off his wife's hands with a machete because she had not conceived a child must face the full force of the law to deter other perpetrators of widespread domestic violence in Kenya, women...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:19 PM

Lack of FGM ban in domestic violence law fails Liberia's girls, activists say

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists condemned Liberia's parliament on Wednesday for removing a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) from a new domestic violence law in a country where half of women have been cut...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:47 PM

Female photographer gives voice to Nigeria's Boko Haram victims - with Instagram

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with nothing more than a camera and a notepad, 30-year-old Fati Abubakar wanders around Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, Boko Haram's former stronghold, snapping portraits of people whose lives...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6:32 AM

Failed by courts, children bear brunt of rape in Ivory Coast: activists

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children in Ivory Coast bear the brunt of sexual violence in a culture where rape is widely considered "insignificant" and perpetrators usually go unpunished, activists say. Two in three rape...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:40 AM

Surge in violence hits aid delivery to millions in Mali: agencies

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A surge in violence in northern Mali and a spike in attacks on aid workers are hindering the delivery of food, water and healthcare to millions of people, aid agencies said on Wednesday. Violent...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 1:37 PM

'Time to restart your lives', U.N. tells Ivorian war refugees in West Africa

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The fate of 40,000 Ivorian refugees living in limbo across West Africa, who fled civil war five years ago, should be resolved this year, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. While some...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10:25 AM

Famine threatens pockets of northeast Nigeria ravaged by Boko Haram: analysts

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ravaged by years of Boko Haram violence, pockets of northeast Nigeria controlled by the Islamist militant group and cut off from aid could be facing famine, food analysts said on Friday. Around...

Friday, July 8, 2016, 10:08 PM

Gambia ban on child marriage could spark backlash, activist fears

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists on Friday welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's decision to ban child marriage, but said jailing parents who marry off their daughters could spark a backlash in a country where a...

Friday, July 8, 2016, 5:56 PM

U.S. embassy in Abidjan pulls photo of gay men at Orlando tribute after attacks

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. embassy in Ivory Coast has removed photos of six gay men at a tribute for victims of the Orlando club shooting from its website and social media and expressed "deep regret" after the men were abused...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:18 PM

Crisis in Africa's Sahel, hotbed of militancy, overlooked by donors

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Africa's arid Sahel, a fertile breeding ground for militancy and organized crime, has been neglected by donors who must tackle the region's displacement crisis to stem radicalization and refugee flows, a...

Friday, June 17, 2016, 10:08 PM

Women's soccer 'lesbianism' row reflects homophobia in Nigeria: activists

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigerian gay rights activists have condemned a senior soccer official after he said sponsors were reluctant to back women's soccer in the country because of a misconception that female footballers are "...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 11:57 PM

Food aid to double in Niger after fresh Boko Haram attacks: U.N.

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food aid will be doubled for people uprooted by Boko Haram violence in southeast Niger after recent attacks forced 50,000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:27 PM