Search Results for "Nairobi" : 15

by / on February 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm / in World

Getting Trashed in Nairobi

…illegally flooding across Kenyan borders, many making their way to the big city. But like so many that arrive in Nairobi with big city dreams of finding work and starting a life with a family and home, but instead finding few opportunities, the Somali refugees have taken to the slums near Dandora, the poorest in Nairobi. The Somalis have it particularly rough right now; because of the war, many Kenyans have been discriminating against anyone that…

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by / on October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

“Below the Battle”

…cted Al-Shabaab bases. With the onset of war, repercussions are already being felt throughout Kenya. Jennifer, a Nairobi resident and 60-year-old widow, recently traveled to her home city of Meru, four hours north of Nairobi. Because Meru is close to a few ex Al-Shabaab bases, the drive took two more hours than usual. “There were pairs of military officers, probably more than just people walking around,” said Jennifer. “There were so…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm / in Africa, World

More Money, More Problems

by Illustration by Louise McCune Consider the flying toilet. The term comes from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the slum, there is often less than one latrine per 50 shacks, with each 12-foot by 12-foot shack containing, on average, eight people. Kibera sits on government land that never fully transferred legally to its pre-independence residents, and, as such, the government treats residents as squatters with no right or e…

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by / on November 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Kenya Hear Me

…ig drain pipe, pouring the same orange muck into Kibera. The next day, I showed these pictures to a professor at Nairobi University, who wished to remain anonymous. The professor said this orange viscous liquid was definitely a type of toxic waste and added, “This wasn’t on the news at all because the train station knows how dangerous this kind of stuff is. Had the wreck been anywhere in Nairobi except Kibera, Kenyan railway would be under…

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by / on February 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm / in Opinion, World

Kenya Dig A Cellphone Revolution

…compatible with smart phones. You can have your iPhone unlocked at one of the two authorized Apple retailers in Nairobi or buy one here pre-unlocked so that you can slip in a Safaricom micro-SIM card. The phone will then function on airtime. You can then use the airtime to purchase a variety of Internet bundles to keep you connected. Many residents in Nairobi use this system to send money to their home villages without a hassle. Kenyans abroad c…

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by / on December 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Me Against the World

…a long time ago. On the official match list, the fighters that comprised the blue side were all either from the Nairobi police or the Armed Services teams. The fighters robed in red were from other Nairobi sponsors or other Kenyan provinces. Hajy’s fight was the eleventh and last fight of the day. Luckily Hajy saw his competitor, David Wamala, fight in the semi-finals the day before. Unfortunately Wamala K.O.-ed his opponent in the first 3…

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by / on October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Left High and Dry

by This past week, I attended the annual Nairobi International Trade Fair, which is sponsored by the Agricultural Society of Kenya. Similar to a 4-H County Fair in the United States, which features children’s activities alongside agricultural displays, the fair’s marketed purpose is to educate the public on programs, companies, and organizations that work with Kenya’s agricultural and environmental sectors. Despite these good intention…

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by / on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Waiting, Sitting, Wishing

by On December 6 this past year, I was anxious to get to Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to witness the nation’s presidential election. While my flight was originally at 10:50 a.m., I headed to the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi at 7 a.m. in hope that I could instead catch an earlier flight. Little did I know that my desire to get to Goma in time for this historic statement would be worthless; the rest of…

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by / on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 am / in Africa, Greg Graff, Web Columnists, World

An Optimistic Examination of East African Terrorism

by Smoke rises above the Westgate mall during Al-Shabaab’s attack (photo credit: Late last September, the world’s collective attention was drawn to the East African nation of Kenya, where a group of Islamist terrorists—members of Al-Qaeda’s Somalian affiliate, Al-Shabaab—had launched a deadly campaign of violence in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. Despite having killed over 70 innocent civilian…

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm / in Africa, Current Issue, Issue, World

UNderserved Refugees: Systemic Failures of the UNHCR in Kenya

by In some respects, the current Somali refugee crisis began when the sitting president and despot, Siad Barre, was toppled from power by a combined force of opposition rebel groups in 1991. Different factions of al-Shabaab militant groups started fighting each other for power, and the antagonism between Islamists of al-Shabaab and Somalia’s transitional government, backed by African Union peacekeepers, exacerbated the conflict. The fi…

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