Falling fish stocks raise tension on disputed Lake Victoria island

The Times of London
Migingo Island, Lake Victoria

George Ochieng is hungover. On the slick black rocks down by the water’s edge he stands by a long wooden fishing canoe and allows the morning breeze to clear his head. “This is our place,” he says resolutely. “We are fighting for our place, and for the water that has fish within.”

Migingo Island, a tiny mound of tin-roofed slums rising out of Africa’s largest lake, hardly seems worth fighting for. But the real prize is not the rock; it is the fish in the surrounding waters. Continue reading Falling fish stocks raise tension on disputed Lake Victoria island

Four-year drought pushes 23 million Africans to brink of starvation

The Times of London
Mwingi, Kenya

“The last time I had a good harvest was 2003 — there has been nothing at all for the last three years,” said Mutindi Maithya, 36, a widow who lives with her six children on a four- acre plot of sun-baked land.

Sitting beneath a thorny acacia tree, she picks up ochre lumps of dried mud from the ground and crushes them to dust between her fingers. “It is hard to cope,” she said. Continue reading Four-year drought pushes 23 million Africans to brink of starvation