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The man's family had started making funeral arrangements when he awoke

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I once sat with a boy who had severe tetanus in a mission hospital in rural Africa. It was not a pretty sight. He was a couple of years older than Rahmadullah, and every few minutes his back would arch in a spasm and he would cry out. There was nothing I or anyone else could do except try to comfort him – and hope that help would soon arrive.

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At age seven, Johnson Mungai, from Chokaa village, in Ruai, a peri-urban settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, already knows that children are getting a raw deal where their health is concerned.

Prosecutor arrives in Kenya on trail of war crimes

Intervention by International Criminal Court greeted with fury by senior politicians

Terror suspect clears extradition hurdle

One of America's most wanted terrorist suspects today overcame a major legal hurdle in his long-running battle against extradition.

Daniel Howden: A dangerous new chapter opens with boots on ground

The spectre of a foreign enemy has been al-Shabaab's most effective recruiting tool over the last three years. The presence of an occupying force from Ethiopia enabled militant leaders to cast the fighting as a holy war and in the process drive out a far larger force.

Safari teenager struck down by mystery illness

A teenager was in a critical condition in a Kenyan hospital today after being struck down by a mystery illness.

Watch out! Disaster looming for Kenya

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Kenya's decline and fall

The streets are no longer burning, but smouldering corruption at every level of government threatens to rip the country apart. Once the pride of East Africa, it has now been judged a failure of a state, writes Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden: Freedom fighters betrayed by their leaders

The spectacle of ageing Mau Mau fighters finally being granted a hearing in the courtrooms of their former colonial oppressors has excited only a muted response in Kenya itself.

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem: Thinker, writer and prodigious orator who campaigned for the peaceful unification of Africa

Tajudeen Abdul Raheem, who has died in a car crash in Nairobi, dedicated his life to the Pan-African vision and the peaceful unification of Africa. He leaves a wife, Mounira Chaieb, and two daughters, Aisha and Aida. A thinker and writer but above all a mighty talker, he inspired and influenced a whole generation of Africans and Africanists with his mixture of passion and humour. It is ironic that he died on 25 May – Africa Day.

Kenyan eco-town: From the slums to a shining town on the hill

In Kenya a little bit of money and a can-do attitude go a long way. Daniel Howden sees how Kaputei has transformed the lives of the country's poor

Fatuma Omar Ismail: A scholar born into squalor

270,000 people are marooned in the hopelessness of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp. But one extraordinary Somali girl found a way out. Daniel Howden reports
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