Archive for March, 2006

Tourism (2) Peter has a Ferrari red Trabant

This Ferrari red Trabant has a happy second life at the coast in Mombasa. Peter is the proud driver/owner. He gets a lot of tourists among his customers. But the engine is not as healthy as Peter wishes it would be. Luckily, Peter found a new engine for his Trabant on the internet. He has [...]

Tourism (1) Night birds of Mombasa

They come from every where. Hoping to full fill their dreams. You will find them flying out at nighttime, visiting the steamy bars of Mombasa. Flirting with Germans, Italians, Dutch old and young men. Giving the men what they are longing for. At daytime, they send their fruits up country. To brothers going to college, [...]


James T. Morris (WFP): More food assistance needed in Kenya to avoid worse (Podcast)

Just visited a press conference of World Food Programm. James T.Morris executive director of the WFP is just back from a tour through the region. “I have seen many bad situations.” Morris was not able to visit Somalia because of security reasons and praised the Kenyan government and thanked them for their excellent cooperation. So [...]

Beautiful(l) Girl (Podcast)

Africa is full of beautiful girls. Elsewhere in the world they would have had good jobs, equal rights and chances. Reality here is that a lot of girls are living just to survive, often with a kid, no parents and a husband or father who has left. The stories behind the beautiful faces of Africa [...]

Shell Durban is going to replace pipeline (Podcast)

I visited South Africa last december for reports on the Shell/BP refinery SAPREF in surf city Durban. Doing a report for the series “Forgotten stories” broadcast by public broadcast organisation Llink in Netherlands. Local people have more than average astma there and are complaining about the flaring, burning of poisonous gas. Last week Shell/BP made [...]


Maputo weddings (Podcast)

On a trip last year, bumped into a weddingparty in Maputo. In Mozambique people are marrying on saturdays. Near the parc photographers with good old camera’s are offering their services to the fresh couples. Other Mozambiquans are selling soda’s and making hamburgers. Young and happy people are arriving in cars, followed by their singing families. [...]

CEO of raided Standard Group Mshindi: "…angry and surprised"

Reporting in local media on the raid on KTN and The Standard is going on. This morning the board of directors (picture) gave a press conference (click here for Windows Media file, streaming comment of an angry Group CEO Paul Mshindi (right on picture and Paul Mely (Group Deputy Chairman). Standard and Nation Dailies came [...]

Kenyan Newspaper Standard raided by police last night

At around 1 a.m. last night, printing presses and and editorial rooms of Kenya’s leading television station KTN and privately owned newspaper The Standard were raided by armed man. Printing presses were damaged and the complete edition of tens of thousands of newspapers were burned. The complete program was taken and computers were taken. Nobody [...]