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Top Stories from the Nile 2021

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Thank you for sharing 2021 with InfoNile. This year saw us work with over 50 journalists in the Nile Basin to uncover critical stories on Wildlife Conservation in East Africa, Plastic Pollution in Lake Victoria, Biodiversity in Lakes in the Nile Basin, and the effects of Climate Change and so much more.

Here are our editors' pick of the top stories in 2021.

Cross-border Projects
Pandemic Poachers
In East Africa, challenges posed by the COVID 19 Pandemic, threaten to place wildlife back into the hands of poachers and traffickers.

Pandemic Poachers
This investigation by InfoNile journalists and Code for Africa revealed a spike in poaching in East Africa during the pandemic
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The Flipflopi Dhow: Returning Home
InfoNile’s short documentary film by Megan S. Lee features the Flipflopi, the world’s first 100% recycled plastic boat, which sailed more than 500km around Lake Victoria in March 2021 to bring together communities in the fight against plastic pollution. 

Thirst in a River Basin
An interactive map showing water scarcity in the Nile Basin compounded in times of Covid-19 and climate change.
 
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How InfoNile reported the dual dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic and a water crisis in the Nile Basin
Burundi
Green charcoal to save forests in Burundi
Rénovat Ndabashinze speaks to a young man who makes ecological charcoal from maize stalks and has found an alternative to preserve the tree. 
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Democratic Republic of Congo
Elusive commodity
Guerchom Ndebo documents the woes that residents of the villages surrounding Nyiragongo volcano, including Goma city suburbs, face as they struggle to bring water home for consumption. 
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Ethiopia
The Continual Wrath of Water Hyacinth in Lake Tana
The rapid invasion of the plant threatens the Ethiopian lake. Story by Ava Castanha, video by Les Voix du Nil

 
Washing Away The ‘Blue Gold’ of Ethiopia

Mekonnen Teshome explores the severe soil degradation, soil erosion, and deforestation around Jamma River in central Ethiopia, which is the biggest tributary of the Blue Nile. 
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Egypt
Solar Panels: How Does Life Shine In The Oases Of Egypt?

Maha Salaheldin investigates how the introduction of solar energy into the Egyptian desert, changed Juzur Abu Minqar, Farafra, and Siwa oases from dry and unhabitable zones to a green paradise and how life changed with it.

 
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Kenya
Pangolins in the Dock
When COVID-19 broke out in early 2020, some medical researchers linked the virus to the javan pangolin. But is the pangolin really guilty as charged? Dorcas Wangira reports
Powering the ‘Ghost Town’ of Rusinga Island
Anthony Ochieng documents how fishermen in Lake Victoria, Kenya are taking action on climate change (PHOTO STORY)
 
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New app to help Kenyan youth collect and recycle plastic waste along lakeshores
Laura Otieno meets two teenagers who are developing a mobile application targeting the youth to help collect and recycle plastic waste
Rwanda
Rwanda, The ‘Fish-less’ Country?
In a year-long investigation, Fred Mwasa and Sylidio Sebuharara report that the physiography of Rwanda’s lakes (how they were ‘born’), the country’s unfavorable climate, and other man-made factors have prevented fish development.
 
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South Sudan
A tale of fish, water, and the pandemic near Lake Yirol in South Sudan
Denis Morris Mimbugbe uncovers how protecting biodiversity is boosting South Sudan’s economy
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The Drinking Trucks
In a city that borders the Nile River, Covid-19 curbs access to clean water for South Sudanese. Diing Magot documents in photos how residents in Juba, find it difficult to access clean water.
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Sudan
Sudan, After the Flood (In Photos)
Roger Anis captured the effects of the floods that swept through 16 Sudanese states during September 2020, exceeding levels that had not been seen for over 100 years. 
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Khartoum farmers turn to effective microorganisms technology, a green approach to soil inoculation, to adapt to climate change.
 
Tanzania
What is driving Jipe Tilapia fish in Lake Jipe into near extinction?
Janet Murikira reports that there is a 50% likelihood that Jipe Tilapia, will become extinct within 20 years.
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Tanzania’s famous Chimpanzee in danger of extinction
Prosper Kwigize shares statistics from the Gombe Conservation Authority that shows that chimpanzees have declined from an average of 150 chimpanzees in 1980 to 90 chimpanzees in 2020
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Uganda
A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech
Fredrick Mugira illuminates Mbarara City that is using clean technology to boost development.
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Restoring Lake Nakivale; A Refugees’ Idea
Kajumba Godfrey reports on how refugees in Nakivale refugee camp have taken the lead role in the conservation and protection of the lake.

Sinking Land
Watsemba Miriam documents in photos how man and water collide as floods overtake Ripon landing site in Uganda.
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Uganda’s First Oil: What is at Stake?
Megan S. Lee and Cliff Abenaitwe explore the effects of potential oil spills and infrastructure development in the ecologically sensitive Albertine Region,
Uganda's First Oil
Anticipation of wealth from Uganda’s untapped oil reserves has been in the air since oil was discovered in the Albertine graben in 2006. In this documentary, Megan S. Lee gives voice to those whose lives will be most altered. 
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We hope you have enjoyed hearing from us this year. Thank you and see you in 2022
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