My Country is More Important than Yours

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 1 Comment

We Kenyans need to stop scapegoating Somali refugees. You know the phrase “blaming the victim”? It’s often used when rape victims are blamed for wearing “revealing” clothes, being out late at night, meeting the wrong people, partaking in alcohol, etc. Here’s another. Somali refugees fled the terrorist group Al-Shabaab and sought refuge in our country. We immediately started accusing them …

I am a product of Racism, Imperialism and Inequality; also Love, Culture and Dedication.

Narissa Allibhai Whimsical Whirlings 15 Comments

It hit me in the airport toilet that the lady cleaning the toilets probably never gets to fly out of the country. Neither, probably, does the security guard. Yet here I am on my way to fly to Ethiopia. I am a product of an extremely unequal society. My British accent jars me into realization that I am partly a …

The Jade Sea – a Miracle in the Desert – In Danger

Narissa Allibhai Environment Leave a Comment

The scorching sun beats down as I trek across the hot, dry sand. Streams of sweat snake down my back and I fan myself to cool my complaining body. Looking around, I see scattered thorn trees and dry grass clumps peppering the landscape. To my left is a manyatta (family compound) with grass huts and to my right are some …

Sex Worker Heroes

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She was a prostitute.  Famous on the streets of Naivasha at night. To me, she is a true hero. Why did she ‘choose’ such a risky lifestyle? Abandoned by the man who impregnated her, without a solid education, but with 4 young children dependent on her, she had no choice if her children were to survive. She was raped 7 …

Challenging the Status Quo together . .

Narissa Allibhai Whimsical Whirlings 25 Comments

Over the last 15 hours, I watched a play and a TEDx talk that have gotten me fearful, joyous, and deeply thoughtful. I think of myself as an idealist, a social activist, a leftist, one who dreams of a just an equal society but is still trying to figure out how to make that dream a reality. Alone with my …