Katharine Houreld

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi correspondent
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Pope Francis tells leaders of troubled South Sudan: Enough!

For a pope who has prioritized outreach, majority-Catholic South Sudan has long represented an ultimate test in the church’s ability to help in nation-building.

February 3, 2023

Killing of top ISIS militant casts spotlight on group’s broad reach in Africa

U.S. Special Forces targeted Bilal al-Sudani, who allegedly played a central role in ISIS financial networks from the Horn of Africa to the continent's southern tip.

February 3, 2023

‘Stop choking Africa,’ Pope Francis tells world on trip to DRC and S. Sudan

While the church is often seen as a potential stabilizing force in the heavily Catholic countries, that burden falls principally on Francis's shoulders this week.

January 31, 2023

Peace deal ending Ethiopia’s Tigray war yet to dispel fear of more atrocities

Nearly three months after a peace deal ended Ethiopia’s Tigray war, residents say they are still waiting for peace because a feared foreign army still occupies main cities.

January 25, 2023

South African president survives party vote amid cash-in-couch revelations

The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, endorsed President Cyril Ramaphosa as its leader even though he faces growing anger from voters.

December 19, 2022

Uprising by Somali clans puts al-Qaeda-linked militants on the defensive

After Somalia’s government put its backing behind the clan militias, they began to retake territory from al-Shabab.

December 14, 2022

U.S. troops are back in Somalia and scrambling to help its special forces

After Trump’s pullout, al-Shabab militants grew in strength and size.

December 10, 2022

Ethiopian guards massacred scores of Tigrayan prisoners, witnesses say

The most egregious killings by Ethiopian guards occurred at the Mirab Abaya prison camp, where current and retired Tigrayan soldiers were detained.

December 4, 2022

South African president’s future uncertain over cash-in-couch scandal

South Africa’s ruling party said it is still considering whether to allow legislators to start impeachment proceedings against President Cyril Ramaphosa,

December 2, 2022

Ethiopian government, Tigrayan forces agree to truce after 2 years of war

The conflict has killed tens of thousands, left many facing famine, and destroyed health and education infrastructure across swaths of northern Ethiopia.

November 3, 2022