Kenya

Aug 102010

Carpe Diem: Covering Health In Kenya Post Referendum

Two days after Kenyans defied expectations and peacefully, purposefully approved a new Constitution, I was processing two powerful emotions.

The first one mirrored my overall mindset during the 2008 US Presidential Election, when the chance to participate in an historic event was literally intoxicating. Being able to fly home from my ICFJ Kenya program base to vote only heightened the excitement. I know many Kenyans are feeling that same tidal wave of impact at defying the naysayers through the power of the ballot.

But the other sensation I’m feeling is deep relief.

Mar 182009

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

Editors Note: Rachel Jones visits Maai Mahiu Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya.When I agreed to accompany Nairobi Star Reporter Wacui Makori to the Maai Mahiu Internally Displaced Persons Camp, the date of our journey didn’t register initially. But waking up on the morning of Friday, March 13th, the irony hit me right between the eyes.

My first trip to an IDP camp occurred on July 7, 2007—7/7/07, which was considered a “lucky” day around the world.

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

Nairobi Star reporter Wacui Makori interviews a parent at Maai Mahiu as children line up for free "mandazi" or doughnuts.

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

A makeshift "kitchen" at Maai Mahiu. Water is even more scarce than food here, and residents subsist on rations of meal and the occasional "jerri-can" of water.

Knight Fellow visits Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Kenya

The view down one of the many rows of tents, provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the Maai Mahiu IDP camp.

Jan 292009

Explosion rocks newspaper office -- and a journalist's instinct kicks in

Editors Note: Fire in downtown Nairobi causes scare.The first time the lights went out during this morning’s news meeting, it was just a minor annoyance. Ditto the second time. After all, at Nation Media Group headquarters in the heart of downtown Nairobi, you can expect a powerful generator to kick in quickly whenever there’s a power outage. It’s already happened several times during my six-month tenure as a Knight Health Journalism Fellow based at the Nation Centre.