But if you look into the eyes of the people who came to Waheen every day in search of a better life, you can also see focus. You can see the light of their souls pushing against the darkness. You can hear determination in every word they speak. If you sit still enough in the debris, you will hear the small still voice of belief and courage will stretch its arm and tap your shoulder to remind you of the endearing human spirit.
The Form Three teenager told anyone who cared to listen of her dreams. Then she disappeared. Did she run or was she taken?
The infertility journey can be lonely. But slowly, conversations are opening up around the subject in the hope that eventually, stigma around this topic will end. Data shows that one in four couples in developing countries is affected by infertility and that the overall burden of infertility in women from 190 countries has remained similar in estimated levels and trends. It is time to talk about this.
“If this continues, the Mara will die.”
Over the years, he has seen the king of the jungle become less confident. His dominance challenged every season by man’s encroachment into territories that were once his. The elephants no longer roam free. The wildebeest migration lasts for shorter periods. He has seen the Maasai Mara ecosystem change from a heaven to something else.
Over the past few years, there has been a drastic rise in hawking along major highways in Nairobi such as Uhuru Highway, Mombasa Road, Jogoo Road and Thika Highway partly due to high levels of joblessness and worsening economic conditions. When motorists complain of endless traffic, some see opportunity, and the snaking lines of traffic become a means out of poverty for them.
In the second part of Silver Linings, a series that seeks to highlight the positives around #Covid19, Distory spoke to an entrepreneur who is taking risks when everyone else is looking away.
Here is the @tracytasties story. Their journey of setting up a business in the middle of a pandemic and most importantly choosing to see a silver lining where many see none.
Since January, 60 children have taken their own lives, translating to around 7 minors every month. To put it into perspective, every week, two families somewhere in Kenya bury a child. For authorities, these numbers might look like part of unfortunate statistics in the growth and development of a nation. But for families, the suicides of their children open up wounds that may never heal.
Silver Linings is a series of stories of resilience in the middle of a pandemic. What’s your silver lining? You might just start the spark that the person next to you needs to get going again after the pandemic. In the first part, Distory spoke to a mother who tested positive for the disease. This is her story.
Existence in Nairobi’s Mathare Valley is a combination of dreams and nightmares. As a young girl, she had believed in the infinite possibilities of the world. She believed everything that her youth spoke to. That she could be anything she set out to be. Unknown to her, the system had been rigged against her from the moment her mother gave birth to her.
Each time he moved a brush across an empty canvas a new word came into existence. Each time he gently rubbed off a rough edge, a new entry was made in his dictionary. He was not a prodigy and did not claim the fame that came with such a tag. A routine visit to church in his mid-20s unleashed the suppressed artist in him.