Early morning walking in a traffic jam of pedestrians. Since the prices of matatus doubled about one and a half year ago, more people had to walk to their work. We call it ‘The Walking Nation’ in Kenya. So early morning you find yourself in a crowd of walking people. Some of them walk four hours a day. Although this is a development country, Nairobi also has a traffic problem with cars. Some people spend an hour a day in a traffic jam. At least car owners found some “>good news in the newspaper today
The usual early morning coffee at the beginning of a promising day in Nairobi Westlands.Leaving the coffee venue, a big hotel in Westlands, we were passing a few rooms. Inside the overhead projectors were ready: blue screens with the next NO SIGNAL. Video players were installed in all rooms as were the bottles of water, coffee, tea and muffins. The hotel is ready for another day of Four Star work shopping on how to help the poor.
We all have dreams. Meeting a lot of people travelling the continent. This guy I met a few months ago in Laikipia, Kenya. He is a Turkana and his life is about… camels. He loves them. That day it was sunny, hot and we were walking through teh semi desert area with… camels. He sings and I tried to have a conversation with him. Listen here. One of my questions was about his dreams.
This is a fragment. I did some reporting on a massacre in the North of Kenya, recently. Listen to this fragment (by clicking here) of a teacher who tried to save four boys that were killed with machineguns. Full report will be online shortly.
Imagine: you are a girl; you work in a bar. The bar closes at around three at night. You live on a five minute walk from your home. You leave the place after work to go home. Police comes, asks for you ID. You have it. But then, they start making troubles. They say: “What are you doing here? Why at this time?” Yoy answer them, but they deny. “You are a prostitute!” You know it is not true. But you can’t show them your job ID. For many Kenyan Girls, this is reality. Walking along the street at night is often seen as prostitution. You will be arrested or/and you have to pay. It has to do with women rights. Months ago some members of Parliament were caught in K-Street using certain ‘services’ (the ‘non-existing’ Red Light Zone in Nairobi City Center).Imagine: the story was in the papers. People