Stories: Nairobi

  • Kibera, La Ciudad Sin Nombre

    Un grupo de japoneses cruza las vías del Uganda Railway Line, que atraviesa Kibera, el mayor suburbio de Nairobi y de África, y asciende por la cuesta jalonada de chabolas. Algunos llevan paraguas para protegerse del sol; otros, botas de agua para cuidar los pies de todo mal. Van de excursión o prospección...

  • Community Approach to Youth Development and Reproductive Health

    Visit to Kibera, Africa’s Largest Slum On our first day in Kenya, IRP's group of eleven international bloggers drove five kilometres from the city-centre of Nairobi to Kibera. The purpose: tour the slum, meet with community outreach groups working on sanitation and youth empowerment, visit families struggling with poverty, look at their access to family planning and...

  • Imprisoned for Giving Birth

    Here is how Maimuna, 42, knows how many women and babies were detained with her in Pumwani hospital for being unable to pay for maternity care: “When we go to sleep, they count us, in the morning they count us, at lunch they count us.” So they don’t run away, that is. Maimuna (her nickname, at her...

  • The Cost of “Free”

    I have often heard over the past seven days that a particular service would be “free.” Elementary school is, of course, “free.” Even contraceptives. But whenever I’ve spoken to people who are dependent on a service, particularly because it is free of charge, a different picture is painted. “I can’t send...

  • Cruel Cut: Female Circumcision in East Africa

    Vivian Magero, 23, was nine when she narrowly escaped female genital mutilation (FGM), also referred to as female circumcision. Ironically, it wasn't her tribe, community or parents who were forcing her to get circumcised. She wanted it, so badly that she escaped the cut only because her parents caught her trying to run away from home to get circumcised. ...

  • Granny Obama Puts Kenya Town on Map

    Mama Sarah Obama, 90, is Kisumu's biggest tourist attraction, even bigger than Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater lake that hugs this town in western Kenya. Since her step-grandson Barack Obama became President and a Very Important Person, the road to her house has been named after her, her neighbourhood has got its own police station...

  • Die Angst vor Mitt Romney

    Read an English translation.  „Oh ja, nachts schlafen wir nicht.“, kommentiert Rosemary Onyando-Muganda, stellvertretende Leiterin der kenianischen Abteilung von PATH Global Health Organisation, besorgt mit Blick auf die mögliche Wahl von Mitt Romney zum US-Präsidenten. Fast alle anderen Personen, die im Sektor für reproduktive Gesundheit arbeiten, artikulieren ähnliche Gefü...

  • Poor Countries Listen to Their Elderly Citizens; We Should Too

    The Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, has given an interview to the New Statesman in which he essentially dismisses the views of the elderly. He told the magazine that ‘every cohort is in favour of gay marriage apart from the over-65s'. I hope he now sincerely regrets this implication. No matter what the subject,...

  • Charles Nace por 30 Euros

    Ayer no pudimos publicar nada desde Nairobi (Kenia). Porque, como suele ocurrir en muchos lugares de muchos países del continente, la Red funciona a trompicones y hay que andar cada rato tras la orientacion debida; buscadores de tesoros en la arena parecíamos los periodistas del IRP (International Reporting Proyect), dando vueltas por el hotel desesperados....

  • Was mache ich hier eigentlich?

    Read an English translation.  Sonntag: Ich sitze am Flughafen in Zürich. Es ist noch eine Stunde Zeit bis unser Flug nach Nairobi startet. Neben mir platziert sich eine Gruppe junger Frauen, vielleicht 18 bis 20 Jahre alt. US-Amerikanerinnen. Schnell bekomme ich mit, dass sie den gleichen Flieger nehmen werden, aber mit diesem noch weiter nach Dar es-Salam unterwegs sind....