Congo: priest and nun killed

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News has just come through of the killing of a  priest and a nun, in the Archdiocese of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo:  Fr Daniel Cizimya Nakamaga and Sister Denise Kahambo Murahirwa.

Fr Daniel Cizimya Nakamaga, 51, was killed in the parish in Kabare on Sunday, 6 December at two o’clock in the morning. According to a statement from the Archbishop, unknown men attacked the parish house during the night leading up to  6 December. Continue reading Congo: priest and nun killed

Law on trafficking urgent to curb vice, says IOM

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Kenya urgently needs a specific anti-human trafficking legislation to address the rising dangers posed by human traffickers, an international aid agency has said.

Protracted emergencies in the country, such as drought, hunger, civil and political unrests both internally and in neighbouring countries, have led to an increase in forced displacement, perfect conditions for trafficking, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Thursday. Continue reading Law on trafficking urgent to curb vice, says IOM

A lake lies on its deathbed

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By WANJIRU MACHARIA

In days gone by, these Kenyans would have swam in the waters of Lake Elementaita, but they now they stroll across a portion of the lake which has dried up due to drought in recent months. This has led to the destruction of catchment areas and climate change. Photo/ JOSEPH KIHERI

Drought and human activity join forces to drain off 85 per cent of  Lake Elementaita
The short rains that pounded the larger Nakuru District for a few days in August, September and November were greeted with a sigh of relief.

For a while, residents and tourists marvelled at the replenished Lake Elementaita that had dried up due to the long drought, destruction of its catchment area and the effects of the much publicised climate change. Continue reading A lake lies on its deathbed

Patching up after Copenhagen leak

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Danish officials may play down a document implying a stitch-up between rich nations. But their impartiality as hosts looks shaky

The Guardian’s publication of a leaked Danish government paper has made headlines on the pages of Danish newspapers. It has also provoked sharp reactions from Danish and international environmental NGOs. Kim Carstensen, the leader of WWF’s climate delegation, says: “This shows an elitist, selective and non-transparent approach to the negotiations. We understand the developing nations’ frustration with the Danish government.” Continue reading Patching up after Copenhagen leak