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

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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 …

Does Democracy Require a Patriotic Education?

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Democracy. What most states these days strive for. It is supposed to mean political equality of citizens and majority rule. How can this work in an individualistic culture where each is concerned with self-advancement, with a lack of regard for the greater good? And how can one even participate in an informed manner if basic education does not include understanding …

#HandsOffOurElephants

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1 elephant killed every 15 minutes. 10 years to extinction, at this rate. Last Saturday, 4th October 2014, was a powerful day when people across the world marched for our beloved elephants and rhinos. I joined the march here in Nairobi. What an empowering day! Here’s the trailer for White Gold, a documentary about the ivory trade. It’s a must-watch. You will …