Dear Janine

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It is the dark of night, and the time has come. I pick up the red candle, berry-flavoured,  full of life and sweetness like you. Upon lighting the candle, we sit down in the universal triangle around it. I take a deep breath, relax my body and mind, and sink into a meditative state. In a flash you appear! It …

Meet Fiona Solis, Beautiful Transgender Model

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“You can call me lady-boy, he-she, she-male, whatever, I don’t care. I am proud of who I am.” I spent a weekend in Bangkok couchsurfing with one of the most beautiful transgender models in the world. Fiona Solis is a proud Filipino who now lives in Thailand, working as a model, real estate agent, make-up artist and tour guide. It was …

From Shame and Fantasy I Rise – by Maimouna Jallow

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In the post “Am I Kenyan or Indian?”, I described my identity search as a Kenyan of Indian heritage. Next will be a piece on “Brown Privilege”, looking at the interactions between brown and black Kenyans, and how the fault for a lack of integration and harmony lies on both sides. Before that though, here’s another take on the identity …

Sacrificing Human Rights for Development

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“Whoever is cutting off the source of water to the lake is being selfish and wants to benefit alone. We [in Turkana] will die of starvation.”             Selina Akiru Pastoralist and firewood seller . The hot sun rises on another long day in scorching Turkana county. Meanwhile the rays graze over the greener, but also marginalized, Marsabit county. These two …