By Jimmy Makhulo, Internews in Kenya
When the first nationwide report on unsafe abortions in Kenya was released recently most media houses went for the sensational. They wondered why such a high number of married women were undergoing unsafe abortions. None of the stories provided answers. But after analysing the data from the report and other sources, Internews in Kenya Data Journalism Fellow Mercy Juma produced a cross-platform and multimedia story that links the high number of unsafe abortions in Kenya to low contraceptive use. Her 10-minute TV story, Grave Choices, was aired on NTV. The print version was published as a cover story in The Daily Nation’s DN2 and on the newspaper’s online platform. In the following multimedia piece Mercy explains how she looked deep into data to get insights on the issue of unsafe abortion.