Archive for August, 2005

Traffic jam…

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 [...]

Work-shopping in Kenya

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, [...]

I love camels

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 [...]


Massacre in Turbi

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 in Kenya

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 [...]

Reporting

Hello! That is me! Full of dust, reporting in a rough area in Northern Kenya.


Heroe

Months ago I travelled to Netherlands. In the plane, just after taking of from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, I looked around me. I could not believe my eyes! Was this… just behind me…? I checked the picture of his book, that was in my bag (not by coincidence). Yes! It was him! Ryszard Kapuscinski! One [...]

Hotel Rwanda

Watched the movie Hotel Rwanda about the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. It made me think of the interviews I did more than a year ago for a story about the New Rwanda, 10 years after the genocide. Anita, the girl on this photograph, is one of the girls I interviewed. She told me her [...]

Kenya Police: a friendly experience

In the country where I was born we say (without any irony): The Police is your best friend. In Kenya, people could say police are worse then thieves. They misuse their power for robbing, arresting people, often with the only reason to get money. recently, i heard a story about a police man that refused [...]


Sorry…

Sorry everybody that visited this Blog. From now on, I will be online more frequently. At the moment busy planning trips to Northern Uganda and/or Southern Sudan. Today working on a radio report on nomadic violence in Northern Kenya. At the moment the tension is still high in the area where a few weeks ago [...]