Nairobi’s Hard Life Turns Prostitute into a Dreaded Gangster

Nairobi, Kenya. Words: Dennis Mbae The first time Anita resolved to start robbing her clients, prostitution had become a nightmare to her. She had been abused and beaten up on many occasions, often by rich but stingy punters. At times, they had declined to pay her. But if they agreed …

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A Game of Woes: The Kanjo Kingdom

Words: Michael Onsando Image: Africa Uncensored   “To report to who? … This is Kenya my friend.” – Kanjo Kingdom These are the questions that we encounter in #KanjoKingdom. Over the next four weeks Africa Uncensored explores what it is like to be a hawker in Kenya. Kenya has an …

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No Country for Cartoonists – The Exit of GADO Mwapembwa.

Words: John-Allan Namu Images Courtesy: GADO JAN: “If you could draw a picture of what you felt the moment you received the news, what would it be?” GADO: “I don’t know!” (Chuckles) “ I was blank!” It takes a very powerful moment to make a man who has spent almost …

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Killing Asnina: The trouble with investigating murder in Northern Kenya.

Words: John-Allan Namu Pictures: Sam Munia & John-Allan Namu Video: Sam Munia 12:15 PM: It was the kind of heat that should have darkened the complexions of the many brown faces clumped in small groups in the middle of a hot Mandera afternoon. The sun, though, wasn’t responsible for their …

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The (No) Numbers Game – AMISOM’s Cagey Casualty Record

by Dennis Mbae Next year, AMISOM forces will have spent a decade in Somalia; the longest that any foreign force has spent on Somali soil in its independent history. That, in itself, is an achievement. Many forces have come and gone away, defeated by the enormity of the task of …

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