AFRICA


 

For Kenya’s Yiaku, medicinal herbs are their forest’s blessing and curse

The Yiaku, hunter-gatherers turned herders who live deep inside Mukogodo Forest in central Kenya, have relied on herbal remedies for ages, with knowledge passed orally from one generation to the next. However, high demand for the herbs from neighboring communities is exposing the forest to new threats — a trend mirrored across the country.

Ethiopia Gets Its First Female President

Ethiopia’s parliament has made Sahle-Work Zewde the country’s first female president. And while the role is largely ceremonial, her appointment carries power in what it signifies.