TW: Rape, discussions of sexual assault and violence, drug use, health matters.
At this Kenyan slum, grannies are raped and beaten by boys young enough to be their grandchildren. The “kung fu grannies” gather at community meetings to teach themselves self defense, and bravely fight back offenders—“Before there was a lot of fear. But thanks to the training, we now feel free.”
An incredibly powerful film with so many layers that need to be addressed and dissected, concerning the lives of these resilient women and what they endure daily. So much more needs to be done to ensure the protection of these women, the children in their care and the communities in which they live - especially concerning HIV/AIDS education initiatives.
P.S. I’m hoping that one of the MSF doctors helped treat Yvonne’s foot.
- THESIS FILM : YELLOW FEVER BY NG’ENDO MUKII
Ng’endo Mukii tackles a relevant and sensitive topic of skin bleaching. This film searches a modern take of Ng’endo’s documentation of the topic with observations from her niece, her own perceptions and experiences and some history that uncovers the depth of this parallel thought.
These honest conversations and earnest thoughtfulness and writing makes this film such great insight into this issue.
Ng’endo is a film & animation student who just graduated from a master’s program at RCA (Royal College of Art) in London.
Since 2004 a committed group of residents in Soweto Village East, one of Kibera’s 12 villages, has been agitating for a radical plan: They want to see the single-story shanties demolished and replaced by 600 units in high-rise apartment buildings. They may get their wish, as such a plan is the pilot project for KENSUP, the Kenyan Slum Upgrading Programme.
(Source: thisbigcity, via )
Kikuyu warrior from Kenya.
An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.
Kenyans allowed to sue UK for colonial abuseLondon court’s ruling permits former Mau Mau fighters to seek justice for alleged torture in British detention camps.
Four elderly Kenyans have been given approval from a London high court to sue the British government over alleged atrocities committed during the Mau Mau uprising.
The decision on Thursday to take proceedings to the next stage is a setback for the Foreign Office which had argued that the British government should not be held liable because legal responsibility has passed on to the present Kenyan government.
It also opens the debate over the possibility of additional landmark lawsuits against Britain and other European nations for abuses during the colonial era, one of the Kenyans’ attorneys said.
Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba said the main aim of the case was “moral and not financial” and that much was yet to be decided about the next step in the legal process.
“There is some wariness from the claimants about the delays that could come before a trial. The Foreign Office is expected to raise issues of limitations, saying too much time has elapsed,” said Baba from outside the High Court in London on Thursday.
“If the case is allowed to go to full trial, we’re looking at sometime in early 2012,” he added.
Mothers, especially, bind their stomachs to lessen hunger pangs: ‘Only the rich around here don’t tie a rope in times like this,’ says Zippora Mbungo (above) of Makima, Kenya…
“I tie this rope around my waist to hold my stomach in and avoid feeling hungry. Most of the time we have very little food, so I give it to my grandchildren first, leaving little or nothing for me. That is why I tie this rope around me. Only the rich people around here don’t tie a rope in times like this.This is one of the worst droughts I have ever seen in my life.”
-86-year-old grandmother from Makima, Kenya, told the agency’s workers..
“This practice shows just how desperately hungry women are. But it can be lethal – women have died after suddenly untying their stomachs once food is available.”
-Philip Kilonzo, of ActionAid Kenya..