On Lake Victoria, hyacinth spreads across Africa’s blue heart

Kenyan fishermen in the Lake Victoria region are seeing a decrease in the size of their catches. One reason for this is the invasion of a thick green carpet of water hyacinth in Kisumu bay. This vegetation is blocking Kenya’s main entry to Africa’s largest lake, hitting the local economy hard as fishermen struggle to get out on the water.

Kenyan fish leather, the new trade battling huge scale waste

In Kisumu, Kenya’s third biggest city, fish is a culinary delight and one of the biggest economic activities of the city. But once the fish’s most desired parts are sold off, the rest is wasted. Newton, a local tanner, has found an innovative way to make sure that no part of the fish is wasted: creating fish leather.

Women protest as sons were shot dead in Kenya

Women protest at the mortuary in Kisumu, as the families of two men killed in clashes with police, arrived to see the bodies, a day after a deeply-divisive election re-run was marred by low voter turnout and violence, taking the death toll to six.

Kenya: demonstrator shot in Odinga stronghold Kisumu

As Kenyan opposition chief leader Raila Odinga urges his supporters to stay at home for the October 26 presidential poll , a protester in Odinga’s western stronghold of Kisumu, was shot in the hip, according to an AFP photographer, as demonstrators engaged in running battles with police.

Celebrations as Kenya opposition demands Odinga be president (2)

Celebrations break out in Kisumu, Western Kenya, after opposition coalition the National Super Alliance demands its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won this week’s election.

Celebrations as Kenyan opposition demands Odinga be president

Celebrations break out in Kisumu, Western Kenya, after opposition coalition the National Super Alliance demands its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won this week’s election. IMAGES

Kenya: Opposition stronghold hopes for peaceful election

A day before Kenyans vote in tightly-contested presidential and legislative elections, residents of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, say they’re hoping for peaceful polls. Some of the worst post-election violence in the country took place in Kisumu after the disputed 2007 election, when over one hundred people were killed.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 20, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Venezuela’s human rights issue, sex trade in Kenya, protests in Taiwan and 16,000 Islamists detained in Egypt.

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Vigils Across Latin America for Venezuela
Hundreds of people across Latin America joined a worldwide vigil to protest alleged human rights violations in Venezuela.

Teach A Woman To Fish
Fishermen in Kisumu, Kenya say women often have sex with fishermen to get the best catch of the day, especially if they come from poverty-stricken communities.

Taiwanese Students Storm Government Building
Hundreds of student protesters stormed Taiwan’s legislature to voice opposition to a trade pact with China.

16,000 Islamists Jailed in Egypt
16,000 Islamists – supporters of political Islam – were detained in Egypt over an 8-month period that’s being described as the country’s largest arrest of its kind in decades.

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