Professionals from northeastern Kenya discuss education crisis in the region

The education crisis in the semi-arid northeastern region of Kenya took centre stage Saturday during the inaugural North Eastern Counties University Students Association conference held in Nairobi. The convention, “Ideas of today realities of tomorrow,” enticed students, professionals and politicians who hail from the three counties, which have often complained of massive marginalization from successive… Continue reading…

Lend an ear to my plea

Adan Mahad is a class eight student and prefect at Madogashe Primary School in north-eastern Kenya. In a few weeks, he’ll sit for the primary national examination called KCPE. Is he ready for it? Here’s his story. Enough is enough. The past five weeks have been the hardest time of my life. Imagine walking 10 kilometers a day… Continue reading…

Obama is here: Kenyans better watch your behavior

A fairy tale is told of a poor woodcutter who lived for ages with his miserable wife devoid of any shred of wealth or fortune.  The destitute man lamented bitterly to Jupiter (the fairy). “Some men have only to make known their desires, and straightaway these are granted, and their every wish fulfilled; but it… Continue reading…

#WalkOfHope: Why I trekked 800 kilometers

On June 10, 2015, I decided to join the #WalkOfHope, an initiative that was meant to raise awareness about the state of neglect in northeastern Kenya. I was made aware of the walk by a friend who was in Nairobi.

An encounter with Somali hospitality

I wake up wondering where I am. Around me, within reach, are wattle and daub walls. Inches from the foot of the reed bed is a curtain partition from the other side of which I could see shadowy figures. Sahan Journal Then I remember that I’m spending a weekend with a Somali family in Bodhai… Continue reading…

OpEd: Complaining about CNN’s coverage of Kenya is ‘plain stupid’

I have no idea what Kenyans are complaining about. Incidents of violence, whether politically motivated or just criminally driven, happen with abandon. Worse, most are being forgotten without any resolution; who instigated them, who was involved, where are they, dead, alive, inside the country, outside of it. Cases of insecurity just come and go. Westgate?… Continue reading…

Kenyans are furious at CNN for calling Kenya ‘terror hotbed’ ahead of Obama visit

On the eve of President Obama’s trip to Kenya on Thursday, CNN aired a report in which it called Kenya a “region that’s a hotbed of terror.”

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