Otieno, Mathew
34 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Mathew Otieno writes from Nairobi, Kenya.


Thousands are dying in a forgotten war in Sudan. Where are the protesters?

It's been a year since war broke out in Sudan. Sadly, it doesn't look like it will end any time soon. It has festered largely outside the world's eye, overshadowed by the more famous conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

Date posted: 2024-05-07

The tortoise and the hare: will America ever match China's impact in Africa?

But now the Lobito corridor is stirring back to life. It has recently become the target of the largest-ever investment into infrastructure in Africa by the United States, and the stage from which it hopes to start diluting China's influence on the continent. It has been primarily through large and ambitious infrastructure projects, after all, that the Asian giant has cultivated friendships with African countries.

Date posted: 2024-03-09

What lies ahead for Africa in 2024?

Sometime in February 2023, less than two months before India overtook China to become the world's most populous country, Africa preceded it, zipping briskly past the East Asian giant. By the end of the year, Africa's population was grazing 1.48 billion; India was panting in the dust, at 1.43 billion, and China was fading into the distance.

Date posted: 2024-01-25

Kenyan abortion rights documentary reveals excellent pregnancy crisis support

When Lucy (not her real name) found out she was pregnant, she was already five months along. At the time, she was only seventeen years old. Soon after, out of embarrassment, she stopped going to school. Her boyfriend, an older man, denied responsibility and stopped talking to her.

Date posted: 2023-12-16

Crises are in the eye of the beholder. And no one has an eye on Sudan and Burkina Faso

The October 7 attacks by Hamas in Israel, and the subsequent retaliation by Israel, have transfixed global attention. And although there's no shortage of extreme positions, the bulk of that attention has rightly taken the form of horror at the suffering and death of civilians, especially children, caught in the crossfire. But the world shouldn't keep its focus there to the exclusion of everything else.

Date posted: 2023-12-08

Why should Africans kowtow to an LGBTQI+ agenda to get life-saving foreign aid?

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently published its first policy on inclusive development, which seems set to condition aid on compliance with an LGBTQI+ agenda.

Date posted: 2023-09-01

Burkina Faso's neglected refugees

Since 2019, the population of internally displaced people in Burkina Faso has increased by more than 5,000 percent, to over two million, according to government figures published in May. The primary cause of their displacement is an ongoing insurgency by jihadist militant groups, which now control nearly half of the landlocked West African country.

Date posted: 2023-07-13

African leaders in an historic first - attempting to broker peace in Ukraine

Over the past weekend, a delegation of African leaders met presidents Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in Kyiv and Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in St Petersburg. Their mission was an effort to explore the possibility of a negotiated end to the ongoing war between the two countries.

Date posted: 2023-07-01

The Biden Administration is calling out Uganda over its anti-LGBT law. This is bonkers

On May 26, just in time for LGBT+ Pride month, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed one of the strictest anti-homosexuality bills in the world into law. The Ugandan parliament passed the bill with an overwhelming majority at the beginning of the month, with only two MPs voting against it.

Date posted: 2023-06-17

Changing lives by building toilets

How an American YouTuber and his family helped a community in rural Kenya.

Date posted: 2023-06-08

Despite the headlines, despite the gruesome photos, Africa is not falling apart

The outbreak of civil war in Sudan has been a disaster. The world is gazing with horror at the mounting civilian death toll and the flight of refugees. However, the conflict has also punched an ugly hole into Africa's already tattered image.

Date posted: 2023-05-19

Seychelles: a tropical paradise with the world's worst heroin problem

With just over 100,000 people, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country by population. It is an archipelagic state of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, 1500 kilometres from East Africa. It also has the world's worst heroin epidemic.

Date posted: 2023-05-02

There's plenty of land. Why can't Africa feed itself?

The answer is simple: lack of capital and lack of education.

Date posted: 2023-03-08

The stomach-churning horror of Nigeria's forced abortions: Reuters report

Journalists claim that the military forced 10,000 women to abort the children of Boko Haram terrorists.

Date posted: 2022-12-14

Africa is already decolonised

Kenya can see the good side of its colonial legacy. Why can't the West?

Date posted: 2022-10-28

The West is letting Africa slide into China's orbit. It doesn't have to

A combination of arrogance and indifference is proving fatal to Western interests

Date posted: 2022-09-13

Making sense of Christian persecution in Nigeria

Government incompetence is no match for religious fanaticism.

Date posted: 2022-08-01

Biafra's gut-wrenching argument for respecting colonial boundaries

The appalling human cost of the Nigerian Civil War foreshadowed the conflict in Ukraine.

Date posted: 2022-08-01

The Monkeypox pix reveal Western media's double standards

Africans are outraged by coverage of an outbreak of an exotic disease.

Date posted: 2022-06-22

Explainer: Rwanda's migrant deal with the UK

Another opportunity for virtue-signalling by people who have failed to deliver solutions.

Date posted: 2022-06-06

Hello world, Omicron hasn't made Africa more dangerous!

Early last week, South African scientists announced their discovery of a dramatically mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. By the end of the week, the World Health Organization had designated it as a variant of concern and christened it Omicron, the latest stop on the virus's march through the Greek alphabet.

Date posted: 2021-12-12

All those do-gooders in Glasgow are ignoring Africans like me

COP 26 is a cop-out for the half a billion Africans who have no electricity.

Date posted: 2021-11-22

It's arid, isolated and African, but Chad deserves a democratic government

Why has France supported an unconstitutional coup?

Date posted: 2021-06-04

Is Kenya's biggest abortion provider trying to gag critics?

Marie Stopes Kenya is suing a leading pro-life campaigner for defamation.

Date posted: 2021-06-04

Entering the age of Trans Amazons

Before April 2018, few people outside Ethiopia had heard about Abiy Ahmed. Then he became the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, removed most of the political restrictions that had weighed down Ethiopians for years, brought a lingering war with Eritrea to a peaceful end, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and led his countrymen in planting a record 350 million tree seedlings in one day.

Date posted: 2021-03-09

Washing hands in the slums

Combating the coronavirus outbreak calls for humble innovations.

Date posted: 2020-04-15

Why has coronavirus largely spared Africa?

When it became clear that the novel coronavirus coming out of China was destined to be a pandemic, international concern quickly zeroed in on how countries with weak health systems, most of which are in Africa, would be affected. It was feared that they would be quickly overwhelmed by the virus and left reeling.

Date posted: 2020-03-20

Homosexual acts remain illegal in Kenya

A three-judge bench at the Kenyan High Court in Nairobi recently upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalise homosexual intercourse. A suit to repeal these parts had been brought to the court by a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups, which claimed that they contravened the Constitution's provisions on privacy and freedom from discrimination.

Date posted: 2019-06-15

Nairobi attack: nothing brings out the best in Kenyans like this kind of cruelty

We are a quarrelsome lot, but we know how to rise above it.

Date posted: 2019-01-19

It's time to kick an abortion giant out of Kenya

Marie Stopes International has been called to account, but decisive action should follow.

Date posted: 2018-12-26

Africa is topping the right lists

The continent ranks ahead of the world in some good things too. It has been a long time coming, but more and more African countries and cities are starting to feature prominently on worldwide rankings, and for good reasons.

Date posted: 2017-04-01

The Netherlands wants to fund abortions in Africa

The Dutch went ahead with their conference on "reproductive and sexual health" and raised $250 million for abortions in Africa, which nobody needs. If ever there was a list of grossly misplaced priorities, I would be greatly puzzled if this case didn't make the top of it.

Date posted: 2017-03-21

In Kenya and America, absent dads linked with crime

There is a Kenyan joke that goes somewhat like this: Police in Kiambu, Kenya, were overwhelmed by the amount of crime in the county. So they outsourced a machine from the Germans to help them apprehend thieves. It didn't help. The machine itself was stolen. In Kenya the problem has a tribal aspect too.

Date posted: 2016-08-02

Africa needs to invest in its youth, not prevent their being born

Much has been written about the growing population of Africa and its youthfulness. According to the UN's latest projections, Africa will have 4.4 billion people by 2100, accounting for 39 percent of the world's population and almost half of its young people below 14.

Date posted: 2016-03-20