Fear and a dash of hope – Kenyan Elections

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society Leave a Comment

Nairobi, Kenya. Six days to the national elections. There is a cloud of fear and dread casting a dark shadow over the whole country. Murky and sticky shadows swirl into every household keeping people awake with worry at night trying to plan the next move. The future is uncertain. You wake up with a spinning head, heavy to lift, and continue with …

Brown Privilege and Rockets

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries, Politics & Society 2 Comments

Time for some honest racial realizations from yours truly. Brown Privilege We all know about White Privilege. I am a person of colour, specifically of descent from the exoticised Indian peoples. Doesn’t sound too privileged does it? However, my skin colour lends a fair amount privilege to my life in Kenya. A simple example of “My Dress My Choice” – …

A Backpacker’s Life

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries 4 Comments

Trudging through foreign lands like a turtle with your life on your back; not knowing where you will sleep that night; crashing on random people’s couches and ending up as BFFs; volunteering on remote farms and gorging on fresh organic food; staying at the cheapest hostel in town and exploring secret alleys with fellow travellers; surviving on risky but tasty …

Sacrificing Human Rights for Development

Narissa Allibhai Environment, Voices 1 Comment

“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 …