Kenya

Old Endings, New Beginnings

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

If Nairobi had charmed me despite itself, Mombasa, an historic island trading port, had initially done the opposite. It wasn't until a second visit in 2007 that I began to see it as something other than an old, faded, dilapidated city in need of repair.

When Things Fall Apart

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

We were told that someone requiring treatment for Aids had died because they could no longer afford to pay their medical bills. Wives of some of the workers started to turn up at our house (R now worked from home as the company offices had no electricity) with babies and small children, asking for help we couldn't give.

Dancing with the Maasai

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

The Mara has long been the image of Africa. It is hauntingly beautiful, wild and largely untamed land with vast, open plains that roll on for hundreds of square miles. I was struck when I first came here by the way the Maasai seem to glide across each blade of grass, their feet barely touching the ground.

African Paradise Found

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

We have come to the serene Diani Beach, on Kenya's south coast, near the border with Tanzania. Lions and elephants roamed here only a few decades ago when it had been mostly bush and undeveloped land.

Is Cricket the New Weapon in the Fight Against FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

The Warriors are an inspiring group of Maasai from Laikipia who have swapped their spears for cricket bats. As well as building competitive cricket teams, the Warriors are using cricket development in rural Maasailand to empower young people and tackle social injustice.

R, Alice and I

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Alice came with the house. She is the maid. An observant, motherly figure in her late fifties, Alice could have been a character in a silent film. It was possible to walk into a room and not know that she was there, levitating through the house like a human hovercraft.

It's Not the What or the How but the Who: Why Kenya needs to Leverage its Best People to Tell the Country's Story

Kevin Widdop | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Kevin Widdop

Marketing gurus often like to cite the 4 Ps as the strategy to successfully serve their customers: price, product, place and promotion. But I'd like to chuck another 'P' into the marketing mix: people

The Key to Unlocking this African Moment

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

When grassroots communities described their realities, they taught me that the development they envisioned is not the same as the development the majority of the world imagines they want. In their own narrative, the strongest message from communities is a deep desire to be given the ability to do it for themselves.

Life on Lake Victoria

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Ours has been a bumpy ride. Though it seems small in comparison to what followed, the first obstacle we encountered reared its head when the Kenyan government stopped issuing work permits.

The Move

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

By the time I flew home, I was in talks with a newspaper editor in Nairobi and had six weeks to plan my move: five months, one week and one day after R and I had first met. The nearness of my impending departure, this time with a veiled sense of permanence hanging over it, hit my mum a little more.

The Man in the Airport Cafe

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

I set my bag down on a chair in the airport café, sensing someone's eyes on me. I looked up and straight into the watchful gaze of a man seated on the far side of the cafe, talking into his mobile phone in an accent it was hard to make out.

Silicon Savannah - How Start-ups in Africa are Taking on Some of Humanity's Biggest Challenges

Matthew Hussey | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The adoption of new technology in and around Silicon Savannah has helped the region leapfrog many of the hurdles faced by Europe and America's digital overhaul. The use of mobile phones for the purchase of goods in Africa is way ahead of other counterparts.

Kenyan Death-Squads: A Legacy of the War on Terror

Amandla Thomas-Johnson | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Amandla Thomas-Johnson

It came as little surprise that the official inquiry into the circumstances that led to the Woolwich attack paid scant attention to the role UK intelligence played in the abuse of Michael Adebolajo in Kenya. In his court appearance last December Michael Adebolajo himself did not mention whether or not the incident had an impact on his own thinking in the run-up to Woolwich.

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

The End of China's 'Peaceful Rise' Doctrine?

Paul Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The new Chinese leadership has, over the last 18 months, shown itself to be very different from that of successive Post-1980 reformist administrations. The 'market reform' rhetoric is still there. The assertions about Communist Party supremacy and dislike of Western democratic values, are still there...

Why Kenya's Public Transport System Is Fighting Cashless Payment

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Kenya's public transport system is different from the mobile financial services sector. Cashless payments threaten existing profit structures. Matatu owners usually contract their vehicles to a crew who retain the day's income after paying a fixed vehicle rent. Transport cards instead bypass the crew and payments directly reach the vehicle owner. The owner can then reverse the roles and pay the crew a salary while keeping the profits.

Searching For an Affordable Safari in Africa

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

One way to find yourself a cheap way of going on safari is to head to Africa in the quiet season and take advantage of deals that are being offered. Safari companies often offer last minute deals and ways of enticing people into off-season trips, so if you can be flexible it's a great way of not breaking the bank and still enjoying this incredible travel experience.

Sustaining Global Forestry

One Young World | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

Joseph Mwakima is a One Young World delegate from Kenya. He was a delegate speaker in the Sustainable Development Plenary Session at the Dublin Summ...

The Fear of Opportunity

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

We were harshly thrown into it when our spouses died. Whether it was cancer or a tragic accident, we had to find a new way of living when death came knocking at our door. We had to be brave then, and we will choose a new kind of bravery when our feet step onto foreign land having left our homes, families, friends, and jobs behind.

Miraculous Recovery For Elephant Struck By A Poacher's Arrow

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Elliot Wagland | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

These incredible pictures show an elephant injured in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, having been struck by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow. Fortun...

Death of Al-Shabab Leader Ahmed Abdi Godane Hailed By Foreign Office

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

Britain has hailed the death of al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane - said to have masterminded last year's Kenyan shopping mall massacre. The US h...

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

The Truth About 'Unsafe' Abortion

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Faustina Fynn-Nyame

There are times when the truth about "unsafe" abortion is too much for me too. Often it keeps me up at night. Like the time we had to help a terrified young schoolgirl who took a chokorboma to solve her problem...the chokorboma literally exploded within her, rupturing her insides and burning her inside out. Her body was left unrecognisable. I have never seen anything like it. It was horrifying. Heart-wrenching. Screaming and screaming, the 15-year-old girl was carried into our clinic, shaking uncontrollably and rigid with pain. I can still see her face even now. I will never forget it. She was one of the lucky ones I try and tell myself.

Free the Children - How Am I Going to Be Charitable?

James Andrew Yardley | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Andrew Yardley

I have never really been a very charitable person apart from the usual; sponsoring friends, completing lengthy swims for Cancer Research and Comic Relief & Children in Need donations etc. So when I had to fill in an application form at AOL UK to be part of a volunteer trip with Free the Children charity in Kenya, I was a bit thin on the evidence to make my case as to why I should be picked.

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.