Some links, some thoughts and one question

1 Feb

Today I was trying to find out what is going on in Kenya. Of course I have been updated about recent tragedies (as the fire in Nakumatt with 50 ~25 dead ppl or the explosion of the gas car with over 100 victims) by my friends. I have also heard some stories about the rising crime rate in Nairobi. I felt helpless with those who are complaining about crazy scandals in current politics and the food/water shortage. I partly agree with disappointed europeans leaving the country. I am speechless hearing about hunted “witches”.

Then I was wondering: What is happening apart from those “catastrophes”. Where are the good news? So I asked Google for help to see what there is to read about the Riftvalley province apart from explosions and witchcraft…

Reading a report about the fact that the Riftvalley is interesting in terms of geology did not really satisfy me though…

Are there no good news or are they “only” not reported? Yes, I know: The discussion about what media write about Africa (and other places) is not new.

So my call goes out to all the guys in Kenya: What are the good news? Yeah, you get it: Am looking for ambassadors to write about their hope for Kenya for me and my european friends!

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4 Responses to “Some links, some thoughts and one question”

  1. Kent February 3, 2009 at 4:17 am #

    In european countries, it happens, right? I think it is better than Japan, meaning more news in Africa gets broadcasted to Europe day by day. In this globalisation, that problems seem anywhere…

  2. manuinkenya February 4, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Update from my side:

    The first two comments from kenyan friends were:
    – “no news apart from shameful ones”
    – “after all these fires we are waiting for some good news as well”

    I subscribed to the RSS Feed of Kenyas largest newspaper:
    In 24 hours there was ONE positive (of around 20 articles):
    Malaria child deaths drop by 40 per cent” AND one critical column

  3. Edwin Kaguri February 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    Manu,
    There are lots of good news in Kenya. It’s just that people here are used to complaining a lot that they forget to smell the roses. For example theater and art is doing well with the premier of Obama The musical showcasing in various theaters. This has been the major tourist attraction so far this year.

  4. Felix Em' Oyuga February 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    I think there is alot sorrounding the situation in Kenya than what meets the ears and eyes. Kenya is a country that has undergone transformation in a very short time. I believe it took the decision of the people to make these transformations, that is why there was a collective effort to vote out the old regime of Moi; which was dubbed the second liberation, Kenya is now on par in trying to achieve the third liberation. That is why we get to hear all the bad news of unearthed corrupt deals, but we always forget that, this is what puts kenya ahead of all the other african countries like Nigeria, Uganda and the likes. Corruption is equally rampant in almost all african countries, but in kenya we have achieved a level of awareness where we can get to openly name the papetraitors…….its only in kenya where you will get a minister trash the president and still sit in the same cabinet meeting and talk without fear of anything, why? Because this is a country in the making and nothing can stop the course of change…..absolutely nothing. Such open critisism is only a nightmare in many african countries, which gives Kenya an A plus rating. I believe each community has to get to a level of extreme points, before they can change…..the French had the French Revolution, the Germans had the war, Kenya has already had its fair share of the revolution in the violence that rocked the country and I therefore believe as we heal so as we change in mind and in lifestyle. And in that memory, that is how we put measures in making sure we never experience the same problems and make the same mistakes again.

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