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Syria to South Sudan: aid groups list their top humanitarian concerns for 2016

By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There's one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence – that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs. The United Nations projects that at least 87 million people in dozens of countries will require humanitarian aid next year, and is seeking a record $20.1 billion to meet their needs. In a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 15 of the world's leading aid agencies, we asked them to name their top three humanitarian priorities for 2016.

Kenya’s transgender warrior: from suicide bid to celebrity: TRFN

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Audrey Mbugua will not say whether it was a razor blade, pills or carbon monoxide that she used to try to kill herself. Born a male in Kenya and given the name Andrew, she felt trapped in the wrong body and started dressing in women’s clothes while at university, attracting ridicule and rejection. After graduation, Mbugua was jobless, penniless and alone.