Dadaab’s refugees: Stolen dreams and shattered lives

Most Kenyans get their first taste of Somalia either in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, also known as “Little Mogadishu” or, if they are journalists or aid workers, in Dadaab, the sprawling refugee camp located some 100 kilometers from the Kenya-Somalia border that hosts close to 350,000 refugees, most of whom are Somalis.

OpEd: Kim Kardashian and Vera Sidika – in the service of patriarchy

I knew that the women’s movement in Kenya was on its death bed when I saw naked images of Vera Sidika, also known as “The Kim Kardashian of Kenya”, on social media. Vera’s main claim to fame and notoriety are her extraordinarily large buttocks, which she is happy to display to her thousands of followers…. Continue reading…

Eastleigh Crackdown Offers Major Opportunity for Bribe-Taking and Harassment by Police

On the first weekend of April 2014, an army of 6,100 Kenyan police officers and soldiers — a larger force than the 4,000 Kenyan soldiers fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia — descended on Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, and arrested about 3,000 ethnic Somalis. Those arrested, including some pregnant women and children, were taken to Kasarani Stadium on… Continue reading…

Kenyan Civil Society’s Sense of Betrayal During 2013 Elections

As President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto prepare to attend their trials at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the coming weeks, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah analyses the fault lines within civil society organisations that the two leaders used to their advantage during the 2013 elections. Read part 1 on the media’s… Continue reading…

Did the Kenyan Media Do Justice to the 2013 Election Coverage?

As President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto prepare to attend their trials at the International Criminal Court in the Hague in the coming weeks, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah reflects on the media’s role in the 2013 general elections, and how it may have helped Kenyatta’s presidential campaign. She also analyses the fault lines… Continue reading…

Nairobi: Towards More Cosmopolitan Spaces

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series examining the city of Nairobi. Read part 1: Nairobi: Reclaiming the Essence of Accidental City Unlike in the colonial period, today, what separates people in Nairobi is not so much race, but class. Those living in the poor, informal parts of the city have fewer… Continue reading…

Nairobi: Reclaiming the Essence of Accidental City

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series examining the city of Nairobi. The plot of land in Nairobi where my three-bedroom family home once stood is now occupied by a towering office block. They tell me it is an ultra-modern building with several floors of car parking space. I have not… Continue reading…

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