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Unleashing Youth Potential: Transforming Governance in East Africa

"To him who dares to try, nothing is impossible," famously proclaimed Alexander the Great. This mantra has inspired numerous budding leaders across continents and through the annals of history. Alexander's astounding journey, which saw him ascend to the Macedonian throne in 336 BC at just 20 years old and later conquer expansive regions from Greece to Egypt and into what is now India, stands as a testament to the power of grit and audacity. Undefeated in battle until his death, Alexander left an indelible mark as one of…

Devastating East Africa Floods Claim 528 Lives in the Midst of Intense Rainfall

Over 528 individuals have lost their lives due to heavy downpours and sudden floods wreaking havoc in East Africa, as stated by the United Nations relief agency on Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that about 1.6 million individuals have been affected by the calamity, with a majority hailing from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, including around 482,320 people in dire need of shelter.The OCHA revealed that humanitarian organizations throughout East Africa are actively collaborating with…

New Research Debunks El Nino’s Role in East Africa’s Recent Devastating Floods

The scientific community stated that the increase in extreme weather events is a result of climate change, making heavy rainfall more prevalent in the region. The floods caused widespread devastation and claimed the lives of many across East Africa. According to experts, the El Nino weather pattern did not play a role in the deadly flooding that occurred in Kenya, Tanzania, and neighboring countries this year. More than 500 people lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands were displaced due to the torrential rainfall…

Cracking down on Illegal Fishing Along the East African Coastline

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing covers various activities that break laws on a national and international scale. These activities include fishing without the proper permits, not reporting catches, going over quotas, using gear that is prohibited, and fishing in restricted areas or during closed seasons. The issue is worsened in East Africa due to the region's long coastline and limited ability to monitor and enforce regulations. Numerous deficiencies create opportunities for illegal fishing to occur, such…

Kenya Hosts Conference to Bridge Skills Gap in East Africa

Yohana Mawaka showcases his project in a photo taken by Faraja Goodluck. In Nairobi, experts gathered to discuss bridging skills gaps in East Africa by enhancing academia-industry relationships. The East Africa Private Sector Academia Forum drew over 100 participants, including academia, private sector representatives, and government officials. The event focused on fostering collaboration between academia and industry to drive digital innovation and skill development. Gaspard Banyankimbona, executive secretary of the…

80 Million Users Impacted by Undersea Cable Faults, Leading to Internet Disruptions in East Africa

In the East African region, over 80 million internet users are currently grappling with slow speeds and outages due to faults in critical undersea fiber-optic cables this Sunday. The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and Seacom, essential for connectivity in the area, experienced simultaneous issues affecting regions from Kenya to South Africa. Ben Roberts, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, revealed that the EASSy cable was compromised 45 kilometers north of Durban,…

Nearly One Million People in East Africa Affected by Devastating Floods and Landslides, According to UNICEF

Deserted vans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Photographer: AP Photo Nairobi (AX) - UNICEF has reported that almost one million people in Eastern Africa are suffering from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains, stressing the urgent need for humanitarian aid. The latest report on East Africa flood situation from UNICEF states that a large number of individuals have been displaced in Burundi, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Extensive damage has been recorded, including impacts on homes, schools, infrastructure, as well as the…

Revolutionizing Work Trends in East Africa: Urging Change and Innovation

Authored by Honorable Sadik Warfa on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the establishment of International Workers' Day, or May Day, in the 19th century aimed to inspire workers and push for fair conditions, just pay, and an eight-hour workday. This day, celebrated at the start of May, carries great importance for East Africans, featuring several events organized by trade unions, labor groups, and government bodies. Nevertheless, the immense influence of workers on society might warrant more than just a single day of acknowledgment.…

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis in Flood-Ravaged East Africa Heightened by Looming Tropical Cyclone

The World Meteorological Organization has issued a warning about Tropical Cyclone Hidaya, which is poised to hit Tanzania and Kenya, exacerbating the existing humanitarian crisis caused by heavy rains in several East African countries. “Hidaya is the first confirmed tropical cyclone in this region, not Sudan, but lower and East Africa,” explained WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis in Geneva on Friday. Hidaya’s impact will be significant, especially in Tanzania, where the ground is already saturated. Kenya will also be affected…

Cyclone Threatens Kenya and Tanzania as Devastating Rains Claim over 350 Lives in East Africa

In Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania are bracing for a cyclone following devastating torrential rains, resulting in 350 deaths and displacing tens of thousands. Since March, floods have claimed 188 lives in Kenya, displacing 165,000 people with 90 missing as warned by the government to stay alert. The office of President William Ruto in Kenya cautioned of Cyclone Hidaya, bringing heavy rainfall, large waves, and strong winds that could impact marine activities in the Indian Ocean. Neighboring Tanzania, where at least 155 people…

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