Halima Gikandi joined The World as a reporter in 2019. She mostly covers Africa, with a focus on politics, security, and human rights.
Before joining The World, Halima was a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she covered major regional events like the political revolution in Sudan and the Dusit terrorist attack in Nairobi.
In 2019, she served as a board member on the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA).
Arts, Culture & Media
French Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte wanted to send a political message with his film that "poetry can come from everywhere, telling stories can come from everywhere — even from prison."
During the day, dozens of guests of all backgrounds crowd around long tables at Yemen Kings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share traditional Yemeni dishes like fahsa, a stew made out of beef or lamb.
The government has secured 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead, which researchers have said is effective against moderate and severe forms of the coronavirus new variants. They have also secured millions more from the global COVAX and Pfizer.
Over 60,000 Ethiopians have fled to neighboring Sudan and the millions that remain now face a worsening humanitarian crisis.
People who had left Kampala, either out of fear of postelection violence or to vote in their rural homes, have begun to return to the city.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claimed that no civilians were killed in weeks of active military operations in northern Tigray. Many Ethiopian refugees in Sudan told The World otherwise.
More than 50,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled the conflict in Tigray. With heightened insecurity at the Sudan-Ethiopia border, many refugees are reluctant to return home, despite the reassurance of a return to normal.
Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued against military personnel and civilians suspected of being involved with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, but ordinary Tigrayans have claimed they too are being targeted.
Many citizens of Ethiopia say they’ve been unable to reach their families in the embattled northwest corner of the country. Yet access for journalists is very limited, making details hard to verify.
The global trial has enrolled more than 24,000 participants from across the world, including in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.