Stories: Nairobi

  • People Not Numbers

    One million. Can you visualize one million people? The Kenyan population is growing at a rate of 1m people a year, and is in danger of slowing the positive development of the country. The effects of this population explosion is often told, but too often we concentrate on numbers and graphs, instead of on the human cost of this issue. ...

  • Among the Flying Toilets: Asking Awkward Questions in Nairobi’s Massive Slum

    Hello, nice to meet you. Would you have married your husband if you’d known he had HIV? Why did you change your mind about that abortion you wanted? How do you feel about the fact that you can’t afford to treat your 1-year-old’s encephalitis? In the rare instances a stranger ambles into a...

  • Parir es un acto político

    Intenté escribir un guión de entradas en este blog antes de empezar este viaje a Kenia al que nos ha invitado el International Reporting Project (IRP) con sede en la Johns Hopkins University de Washington, para dar una idea aquí del programa del que nos vamos a ocupar en estos próximos días....

  • Un desierto es un desierto

    Cruzo a África desde Italia. Nunca antes había atravesado el Sáhara por este lado, el oriental. Siempre fue por el otro costado, el occidental. Allí, sobrevolar Marruecos, primero, y luego Mauritania o Malí, ya corta la respiración. Es un lujo volar lo suficientemente bajo para ver tal paisaje a vista...

  • Contraception, Life in Kibera’s Slum

    What do you call the ability to plan for when or if you'll have children? What about the ability to decide for yourself that you're all done having children? Whether you call this family planning, using birth control, contraceptives, or prayer, this is one of those issues which touches almost everyone. Maybe you don't need contraception...

  • Kenya, a Country of Contrasts

    We arrived at Joma airport late last night. It was dark so my first impressions of Nairobi were that it seemed like any other large city. The first sign that things were different here was the airport style security checks on entering the hotel. This morning we met the other bloggers and the organisers of the trip then set off...

  • Who Cares About Reproductive Health?

    Samuel Siringi is one of twenty-seven children in his family. In Kenya, the population increases by one million every year, and unemployment remains high. On a recent IRP trip to Kenya, Julienne Gage spoke to Siringi about his experiences growing up in a large family and his decision to study reproductive health and population growth.

  • Quênia: Microcosmo da África

    Read an English translation. "Hakuna matata", "karibu" e "harambee" podem ser consideradas a santa trindade cultural do Quênia. São palavras-chave em Swahili, o dialeto africano mais falado no país, paralelamente ao inglês,  que querem dizer, respectivamente, "sem problemas", "bem-vindo" e algo equivalente ao slogan "um país de todos",...

  • Health in Africa: My Kenyan Mamas

    Nurturing is something we learn at an early age and often dismiss as a minor incidental until life circumstances get the best of us. For me this realization came a week into a three-week assignment on reproductive health in Kenya. After several hours shooting video of the masses of local kids who inhabit the mountainside city of Kisii, I...