Archive for May, 2005

On the way to Southern Africa

Last preparations for my trip to Southern Africa (Mozambique). Had contact with friends in Maputo and one of the people who are involved in the Limpopo Trans Frontier Parc. A village of 20.000 people has to be relocated because the project has to proceed. They do not have an alternative.

Businessman shot at roadblock

The sun is back in Nairobi today. Papers, strong black morning coffee and the newspapers. Clashes yesterday in Uhuru Kenyatta’s home town Gatundu. A businessman was shot at a roadblock. The man was innocent, they say. This murder was not an incident. Kenyans are used to this kind of news headlines. ‘If your competitor or […]

Mama matunda disappeared

After Swahili lessons this morning would meet a friend at Mama Matunda (‘Mama Fruit’). I go there for a bowl of fresh mango, pineapple, melon and avocado almost each day. Healthy and cheap lunch. But today, mama’s stall was not there. I asked a man who was standing there. Where did she go? They chased […]


Rain in Nairobi

This morning the rain was pouring down on Nairobi’s streets. Rain completely disturbs society here. Bad roads, bad drainage are the main reasons of the streets changing into rivers. Matatus get stuck in the mud in areas where most people live, people reach their work too late. Near Kisumu a town on the coast of […]

Medical staff on strike. They want 600% pay rise.

The staff of kenyatta Hospital is on strike. They want a higher salary. People are dying in front of nurses who say they are not on duty. If doctors go on strike in Holland, at least somebody is taking care of the people. Will visit the hospital tomorrow, most probabely.

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More positive reporting on this beautifull continent :)

Same story as yesterday. Got up at 0500 am to put on the water heater. Had a good coffee at the Holiday Inn, it is one of the few places where you can have coffee at 0630 am. Last night I watched a French movie, Les Choristes, at the ongoing European Filmfestival. The film was […]

African Weblog

Welcome to Arjen Westra’s Blog. Arjen is freelance Africa journalist, travelling the continent and publishing stories in Dutch and Belgium-based newspapers and magazines since 2002. On this place, you can read about his where abouts on the African continent.

Nairobi morning

Got up around 6.21 am this morning, as usual. Having strong black coffee and reading the Kenyan newspapers. They are writing about the Media Conference in Nairobi. African people blame the media for giving bad image of muslims and promoting the ‘clash of civilisations’. Rwandese president Paul Kagame is blaiming the media for bringing bad […]


Stalls destroyed.

Stalls where destroyed in the night. According to Nairobi City Council because thieves where hiding in the stalls. ‘They came at two last night’, a lady told me. ‘Soldiers of the special forces where assisting them. They carried their guns’ ‘What are they doing for me? Do they provide with my new income, is somebody […]