Halima Gikandi is The World’s Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya. She reports on current affairs in Africa, with a focus on politics, security and human rights. Her reporting has taken her across the continent, from Sudan to South Africa.
Before joining The World in 2019, Halima was a freelance journalist based in East Africa, where she covered major regional events like the political revolution in Sudan and the Dusit terrorist attack in Nairobi.
She currently serves on the board of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA).
On Tuesday, ICE recorded its first case of COVID-19 in a detainee — an immigrant in a detention center in New Jersey.
More than 9,300 people have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak in late December, but Africa has been one of the last continents to be touched by the virus, and so far, spared from the worst of it.
While fake news is a global problem, it is especially so in Nigeria, where false information on social media can quickly end up on legitimate news websites.
Conflict & Justice
A Christian pastor's kidnapping and execution by Boko Haram in January along with a spate of reported attacks on churches in recent years in northern Nigeria have led some Christians in the country to believe they are being persecuted for their religion.
For the people of South Sudan who have suffered the consequences of their leaders' political rivalry and previous attempts at reconciliation, words of peace alone are not enough.
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France announced a deadline to return 26 objects taken from Benin in the 1890s amid a growing call for the restitution of African art taken during colonial periods.
Tito Magoti’s arrest and detention signals a growing crackdown on free expression in Tanzania.
One year later, Sudanese citizens celebrate the revolution. But the nation still faces a major economic crisis and must navigate the negative impact of years of sanctions imposed by the United States.
On Friday, May 24, Kenya's High Court ruled to dismiss a petition to scrap sections 162 and 165 of the country's penal code that criminalizes gay sex. But the movement to fight for LGBTQ rights continues.