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Doreen Ajiambo

Doreen Ajiambo is an author at Religion News Service.

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In northern Nigeria, Muslims and Christians take small steps toward reconciliation

June 7, 2019

(RNS) KAMPALA, Uganda — Muslims and Christians in Nigeria have started small-scale attempts at reconciliation after years of ethnic and religious conflict.

In African refugee camps, app replaces Bibles left behind

May 6, 2019

KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — The digital library has done much to replace the reference books many Sudanese churches lost to their country’s decade of civil war.

Kenyan archbishop denies Catholic Church accepts funds from corrupt politicians

March 11, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A Kenyan church leader recently turned down the gift of a $40,000 car after allegations the church was accepting donations from corrupt politicians.

Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation

February 27, 2019

MOGADISHU, Somalia (RNS) — With sermons and through local media, Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan has made it his mission to convince parents and girls in his country that FGM is a cultural practice, not a religious one.

Muslims, Christians in Nigeria pray for peaceful elections, disagree over candidates

February 15, 2019

(RNS) — As elections approach, Nigeria’s Muslims and Christians disagree over which presidential candidate to support, while both faiths pray for peace.

Kenya’s Catholic bishops provoke debate over public health and contraception

February 11, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Citing an acute shortage of priests as a reason to obey the Vatican’s longstanding ban on artificial forms of family planning, a bishop ignited a larger debate about family size and poverty.

In northern Kenya, al-Shabab militants target Christian teachers

January 14, 2019

WAJIR, Kenya (RNS) — Non-Muslim teachers have long suffered discrimination by the ethnic Somalis in the region, who are accused of helping militants to target Christians.

Bishop in Kenya reminds Catholics that Christmas is a season to give

December 26, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — In a season of merrymaking, the bishop reminds Kenyans, ‘Let us share the joy and whatever we have with the poor, orphans and widows.’

LGBT people flee Tanzania amid police crackdown

December 5, 2018

ISEBANIA, Tanzania (RNS) — ‘I’m fearing for my life,’ said one man before crossing the border to Kenya. ‘Police are breaking into homes of suspected homosexuals and arresting them.’

In remote parts of Uganda, a fight to stop preachers from discouraging medical care

November 28, 2018

KATAKWI, Uganda (RNS) — Earlier this month, a 27-year-old Pentecostal pastor was arrested after interceding to stop the medical care of a severely ill 9-year-old girl.

In Uganda, Catholics protest as archbishop asks government to enforce tithe

November 7, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — ‘What our leaders are doing is extortion and is not based on the word of God,’ one parishioner said.

Urging peace, faith leaders risk being caught up in Zimbabwe’s electoral dispute

October 22, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) – Many residents in this southern African nation are accusing religious leaders of continuing to fuel violence and failing to address what they say was an improper vote.

Tired of war, South Sudanese pray for latest peace deal

October 17, 2018

JUBA, South Sudan (RNS) — Thousands of Southern Sudanese are gathering in churches and mosques in cities and refugee camps to pray for the end of a civil war that has raged since 2013.

Uganda’s faith leaders wade into country’s alarming drug crisis

October 1, 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — In a nation plagued by alcohol and drug abuse, faith leaders urge the government to partner with the church to raise awareness and treat young addicts.

Deaf Tanzanians are left to forge their own worship

September 27, 2018

BAGAMOYO, Tanzania (RNS) — For hearing-impaired worshippers here, Sunday mornings are often filled with disappointment, as worship services that accommodate them with sign language are few.

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