Kenya Downs's Blogs

  • The Meaning of Monuments: Lessons from Guyana

    This post was originally published on Kenya Downs' blog LiveFromKenya. Over the past few days I've been in the beautiful South American/Caribbean nation continuing my reporting through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project. While here, I'm learning more about the country's longstanding land dispute with its neighbor Venezuela -- and the dynamics of its multiethnic population -- for coverage related to women's rights. During an off day, I took a stroll through the capital city of Georgetown and passed awe-inspiring buildings reflective of Guyana's colonial past. As you can see, it's a mixture of gothic and Victorian imagery, like the historic St. George's Anglican Cathedral. Completed in 1899, it is the tallest wooden church in the world. The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology exhibits artifacts from some of Guyana's ancient cultures to educate visitors about...

  • #BlackGirlMagic: Meet Ann-Marie Williams

    This post was originally published on Kenya Downs' blog LiveFromKenya. When it comes to journalism, Ann-Marie Williams has done it all: print reporter and editor, radio announcer, TV news anchor and media studies professor. But after a 20-year career, the Belize City native was ready to give it all up. "The only thing left for me was to take over the station. And I knew I had no intention of doing that," she laughs. "So I asked myself 'What do I really like to do?'" Instead, she opted to pursue a new career path, one that speaks to her true passion: advocating for women. Among her many professional achievements, Williams earned a highly selective scholarship to study gender and development at the University of Sussex and later won the prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (through the Fulbright program) to study human trafficking at American University'...

  • Getting to know the Garinagu or Garifuna

    This post was originally published on Kenya Downs' blog LiveFromKenya. Getting to know the Garinagu or Garifuna   Part of my reporting fellowship explores access to healthcare for marginalized communities within Belize, which took me on a trip south to Dangriga. Dangriga is home to the country's largest population of Garifuna people. You may be asking: Who are the Garifuna? The Garifuna (the plural form is Garinagu) are descendants of Carib/Arawak indigenous groups, and Africans who washed ashore on the island of St. Vincent following the wreck of two Spanish ships in 1635. They are often referred to as the "Black Carib." The Garinagu were the dominant ethnic group of St. Vincent for more than 150 years, creating a vibrant society based on farming and trade with surrounding islands. After decades of fending off attacks from the British, who sought to colonize St. Vincent...

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