In the early 2000s, the United States resettled thousands of Somali Bantu, a group of marginalized tribes who have faced years of discrimination. Nearly 20 years later, many of their adult children are facing the unimaginable: deportation to Somalia.
Dozens of domestic workers have been stranded in Lebanon since last week's blast. Many have lost their jobs and homes. They say they have no money for plane tickets back to their countries. The coronavirus pandemic has made the situation even more complicated.
A statue of a British slave trader in the UK and confederate statues in the US have been toppled or defaced as protesters demand a reckoning on systemic racism. Some Minneapolis City Council members said they will “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department." New Zealand has no active cases of COVID-19 in the country. Brasilia has become a new hotspot for the virus.
George Floyd's killing by a police offer in the US struck a chord with Kenyans who have also spoken out against police brutality. When Kenya enacted restrictive policies to curb the spread of coronavirus, activists sounded the alarm about deadly policing.
In East Africa, it's not just a pandemic making life difficult. Heavy rains, an ongoing locust outbreak and the closure of open-air food markets due to COVID-19 all lead to major concerns over food security.
Global cases of the novel coronavirus have surged past 1 million. In the US, economists predict 30 million people could be out of work by the end of April. Poor communities in Kenya feel particularly vulnerable as the coronavirus spreads and the government enforces brutal crackdown measures. And love in the time of coronavirus: From video-chat first dates to impromptu cohabitation, love will find a way.
March 22nd is Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a time to call attention to water woes around the world. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Paul Faeth, executive director of Global Water Challenge, about some of the work non-profits are doing to bring water to communities in the developing world.
In Kibera, a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, clean water is too scarce. But a new technology that takes just a plastic bottle and six hours in the sun is helping reduce sickness and diarrhea in the community, and in other developing countries around the world. Jessica Partnow reports.
In the developing world, women walk miles each day to find water. Deborah Katina founded the group "Yang'at" which has partnered with the World Church Service to introduce a method of catching water in the rainy season and conserving it for drier times.
Post-election unrest in Kenya has been widespread and hard to monitor in real time, but some concerned bloggers are trying to help, and they've set up a website where Kenyans can report on what they see in their own communities