December 28, 2005

Kampala now!

Just arrived in Kampala. For the first time I didn’t experience the 12,5 hour bustrip on the bumpy Kenyan roads. I flew in: 50 minutes from Nairobi to Entebbe. From there an less than an hour to Kampala. Quiet smooth roads compared to Kenya. Friendly people. But Uganda seems to be one of those countries where one is easily misled by what one sees: in the North a war has been going on and in the South Congolese and Un soldiers are figthing against Ugandan rebels. But most editors are on leave, so we won’t know…
December 13, 2005

Back in Kenya since a few days

Back in Kenya, busy doing the editing of a 15 minute radio report on Shell in Durban, South Africa. Meanwhile preparing other stories.
December 7, 2005

South Africa and Shell

Working on a reports on Shell in Durban, South Africa. Arrived a few days ago in what a Kenyan like me would call the Western World. The usual shock when arriving. The last days I spent a lot of time talking with a lot of people who live under the smoke of the Engen refinery, a Shell and BP refinery (SAPREF) and the Mondi Paper factory. In the area thousands of people have more than average astma and other air polution related sicknesses. Anybody interested in the full story can SMS me on: +27(0)761713183. Have a good day!
November 29, 2005

Haaksbergen vs Nairobi

Good luck to the village of Haaksbergen in the Netherlands. They had a lot of power faillures last weekend due to bad weather conditions. The mayor was complaining that these things should not be possible in these times. Seen in a wider perspective, Haaksbergen in Netherlands is not that bad, I guess. Power faillures are still NEWS in Haaksbergen. Here in Nairobi people get used to power faillures, sometimes we have five a day. What might be news here is lack of water: the coming weeks Nairobians are advised to stock up water because of expected substantial water shortage, I read in todays newspaper.
November 28, 2005

Into the forest

Yesterday, I got a request from a friend. She wanted me to assist her with some money. Quite a normal question to seemingly rich people in Kenya. My friend’s son was to go into the forest for a month, together with more young boys and old men they walk, talk and sleep in the forest. During this ‘test’ the boys will be circumcised. After a month the nine year old comes out as a ‘man’. “Then I am not allowed anymore to send me to the kitchen for helping me”, she said laughing.
November 15, 2005

Rainy cold november night

Rain is drizzling in small drops. Making my face feel cold and wet, moon looks down on a cold and sleeping Holland. Seen from space, earth is very tiny planet, i imagine. Sometimes I am surprised that we don’t have more wars on this planet with so many different people and so many different interests. Wish you all a good night or/and a good morning!
November 9, 2005

Malawi's Food disaster not in the news anymore ansd more about bananas and oranges…

… but we don’t forget. Find a audio report here (Windows Media). Sorry you have to mis the introduction, but the man you will hear first is Peter Smerdon from World Food Program. Meanwhile I’ve arrived in Holland where terrorism and cultural integration same to be the most important news. Funny thing: whern I arrived at Schiphol Airport a few days ago, the first thing I saw was an advertising board in a Juice Bar with the text Mix Orange and Banana. Nothing special for most of the international clientele: a mixed fruit drink. But for Kenyans nowadays it means something else. After 15 years Kenyans are to vote for their new constitution in a referendum. If you vote ‘Yes’ , you are a banana and if you vote ‘No’, you are an orange. So the meaning of these fruits
October 26, 2005

Finished reports on Malawi

Woke up with coffee and the news about money shortage for the relief operation of the Asian earthquake. I thought there were (and are) still millions of tsunami-euro’s and dollars that can not be spent, because they do not know how to spend them? Just back from Malawi: they got a shortage of relief money overthere as well to save the lives of 5 million people that are facing hunger within a few moments if nothing is being done. ‘Only’ tens of millions of dollars are needed….