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Ballet dancers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya one of biggest slums in Africa. The ballerinas (ballerinos) are young students who study dance for fun, made possible through a program run by U.K.-based charity Anno’s Africa, which provides alternative arts education to over 800 children in Kenya. The classes are taught by Mike Wamaya previously worked as a dancer throughout Europe.  His classes focus on both the physical and mental well-being, that promotes confidence-building.  The children feel and see how much they can accomplish if someone gives them the chance, in turn improves their self-esteem and makes them stronger in their daily life.

Photo series by Fredrik Lerneryd h/t huffpost

“We were both born in the same year in Dadaab Refugee Camp and are both 19 years old. We spent some time getting to know each other and fell in love. We then got married and are now expecting our first child. In Dadaab, once you make a family, you are more respected. Before we were known as two individuals, now we are known as one family unit, and that brings so many blessings and tranquillity in our lives, to be united as one family unit. I’ve learned so much from marriage, and that balance is crucial. They say that marriage is like putting your hand in a dark hole; you don’t know what you will get. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, one should keep trying until they find their compatible partner. There’s always someone out there for everyone. We both love each other very much, and without love and compatibility, you won’t have a base to stand on. I know that in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, it’s quite difficult to raise a family with quality but we don’t mind as long we got each other.”

(Dadaab Refugee Camp)

“Waxaanu ku dhalanay xeradda qaxootiga ee Dhadhaab isku sannad. Hadda waxaanu nahay 19-jir. Waxaanu wakhti ku qaadanay in aanu si wacan isu baranao, markaas kadib waxaa na dhexmaray jacayl. Muddo kadib waxaanu go’aan ku gaarnay in aanu is guursano, hadana waxaanu sugayna Insha’Allaah ilmahayagii curad. Halkan xerrada Dhadhaab marka aad qoys dhisto waxaad helaysaa ixtiraam ka badan kii hore aad ugu dhex haysatay bulshada. Markii waxaa lanoo yaqaanay shakhsi shakhsi hadana waxaanu noqonay qoys dadkuna waxay noo yaqaanaan hal qoys. Tani waxay nagu soo kordhisay in aanu noloshayada farxad, nimco iyo  deganaansho ah ah ku nolaano.  In aanu nolosha ku midowno isla markaana noqono hal qoys waxbadan ayaan ka baranay guurka. Waa in aad deganaan yeelato. Soomaalidu waxay tiraahda, guurku waa sidii qof god madow gacanta geliyey mana ogaan kartid waxa kaga soo baxi doona. Marmar waad ku guulaysanaysa marmarna sidaad jeclayd kugu shaqayn maayo, qofku waa inuu sugo inta uu ka helayo qof ku haboon inuu nolosha la qaybsado. Inta badan qofka aad nolosha la qaybsanaysa waad helaysa. Annagu aad baanu isu jecelnahay, jacayl  iyo wadajir la’aantood nolshaada heli maysid degenaansho. Waan ognahay xeradda qaxootiga ee Dhadhaab in ay adagtahay in sidii  qoys tayo wacan loo dhisto laakiin maadama aanu is helnay midaas hada dan kama lihin.”

(Xerada qaxootiga ee Dhadhaab)

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January 19 2015 - Kenyan police fire teargas at children protesting against the seizure of their school playground by a property developer. Around 100 primary pupils from Langata Road primary school and a small group of activists pushed over a wall that separated playing fields and the school buildings, which had been built during the holidays. Dozens of children were caught in choking clouds of teargas. [video]

Photo by Wairimu Gitau/MSF

A mother and her four children walked hundreds of miles from Juba, South Sudan, to the Nadapal border with Kenya where they became refugees from the fighting in their home country. In Nadapal, an MSF emergency team referred them to a hospital where they were tested for measles. Read more about the conflict in South Sudan: http://bit.ly/1aohxdM

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Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist.

The students from Langata Road Primary School were in the front line of people pulling down a wall erected around the playground which has been acquired by a private developer said to be a powerful politician, said Boniface Mwangi. Primary school children in Kenya are usually between six and 13 years of age.

“The governor, the senator and other government officials are all scared of the politician, they cannot do anything to stop the playground from the being taken,” Mwangi said. Television footage showed children, some being carried away, writhing in pain, screaming and choking because of the tear-gas. Police officers later brought dogs to the playground.

Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi was not available for comment. Elijah Mwangi, who was in charge of the police officers at the school, said he was following orders. Opposition politician Eliud Owalo said last week that the playground had been grabbed to construct a parking lot for the politician’s hotel adjacent to the school.

“This is brutality beyond words and greed beyond description. It is difficult to believe that police can actually deploy against primary school children and lob tear gas at them to defend a land grabber. This image of a nation determined to steal forcefully from its own children cannot be what we aspire to. It cannot be the legacy we want to bequeath the children,” said opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Allegations of land seizures by Kenyan officials has become a controversial issue in the country.

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By NATION REPORTER

The government has banned the adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners.

The decision was arrived at during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Thursday.

The licences of those involved in inter-country adoptions were revoked with immediate effect.

“The decision has been informed by Kenya’s ranking by the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 that cited Kenya as a source, transit and destination country in human trafficking,” said a Cabinet memo sent to newsrooms.

The country is also ranked at Tier 2 Watchlist for non-compliance with minimum standards for elimination of trafficking, based on the 2014 US State Department report on trafficking in persons.

“Currently, Kenyan laws do not define child sale, child procuring, child trade and child laundering as part of trafficking,” said the memo.

The Cabinet said this had in effect put Kenyan children at high risk.

CHILDREN’S HOMES

“This has created a loophole for fraudulent vested interests, masquerading through ownership of children’s homes, adoption agencies and legal firms representing children, and adopters, to engage in the unscrupulous business of human trafficking under the guise of charity,” the Cabinet said.

A report released in August by Cradle, a child rights organisation, indicates that children as young as two were victims of trafficking for illegal adoption.

However, according to the organisation, prosecution of culprits has remained elusive since investigations were not being conducted by the relevant state agencies.

A 19-year-old missionary from Oklahoma was recently charged in a US court for sexually abusing children in an orphanage in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, the government is considering allocating additional funds to the Uwezo Fund in the next financial year to accommodate the huge number of youths and women interested in the assistance the fund provides.

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