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Kenya Media Blacks Out Post-Poll Chaos

Some parts of Kenya broke into song and dance as chaos and mayhem rocked others following the IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded, hotly contested presidential elections.
Reports of people being being shot and brutalised started streaming into social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram shortly after the electoral commission declared Uhuru the duly elected president.

Images of people shot dead, particularly from the lakeside town of Kisumu, a bastion of opposition leader Raila Odinga, were shared widely.

Conspicuously though, none of these incidences has made it to mainstream local media, pointing to a deliberate effort to black out such news.

Here are some posts on popular social platforms:

Meanwhile some supporters of the ruling party could not restrain from gloating.

While some goverment sympathizers have accused the opposition, pointedly Raila Odinga, for not calming their supporters, it is clear from the video below that is not the case. Opposition leaders were earlier in the day talking to supporters when they were attacked by police.

Despite videos and photos telling a contrary tale, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Dr. Fred Matiang’i as well the police spokesperson have said police are acting within the law to deal with looters and that no live bullets have been used. In the video below police officers are clearly breaking into someone’s house while calling for them to come out. Clearly contradicting the statement that police are not brutalising innocent civilians.

It remains to be seen if Uhuru will commit to unite a Kenya so polarised along tribal lines that it’s threatening to tear apart at the slightest provocations.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in News

 

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#WATWB: The 100-year old Living Saint

Every end month, members of the ‘We Are The World Blogfest’ post uplifting and inspiring stories from news sites.

For my second #WATWB post, I’ve chosen to once again share the story of grandpa Dobri, which has a special place in my heart and is in fact one of the initial posts I did when I created this blog.

Grandpa Dobri is a 100-year-old beggar who is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria; a country ravaged by poverty and corruption. For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth lots of money. You would expect him to use the money to better his life, but that’s not what he does. The old begger gives all proceeds from his begging to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, making him the church’s largest private donor. 

Besides donating his collections to the church, Grandpa Dobri also shares food items given to him with other believers. According to a bishop from the church, Dobri gave them $24,900 in 2009 while he continued living a life deprivation. This is a considerably huge amount of money that can change a man’s life given the high poverty level  in Bulgaria; the poorest, if not one of the poorest, members of the EU. The bishop notes that the old man also donates to snaller churches around the area.

His selflessness and generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed despite his meekness and refusal to grant interviews to the media. He is is locally known as “The Living Saint from Baylovo” and graffiti artists painted a mural of him holding a candle on a 10-storey building in a Sofia neighbourhood. 

Grandpa Dobri Mural. Photo courtesy

Dobri is indeed an inspiration that any one can do good to others in society irrespective of financial standing. You can read the story in it’s entirety here.

For guidelines and how to join the #WATWB community click here

For further info, get in touch with this month’s cohosts Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanIndepreet UppalSylvia Stein and Damyanti Biswas.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2017 in Inspiration, Lifestyle, News, True Stories

 

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#WATWB: Raped and Stabbed on the Wedding Day

While crawling the blogosphere for daily tidbits, I came across a story about a group of writers who came up with the idea of shining some light to the darkness of negativity hogging social media. At the end of every month, members share uplifting stories on “We Are The World” Blogfest. Stories that show all is not lost and that there’s so much positivity in the world; people who go out of their way to make the world a better place or those who’ve been through heartrending ordeals but found the courage to rise up again. 

One such person is Terry Gobanga.

One beautiful day Terry was preparing for what she thought would be a memorable day ahead. Well, memorable it was but not in a way she anticipated. Terry was abducted on the morning of her wedding day, raped, stabbed and left for dead. All this happened while the groom, family and guests were already assembled in a church waiting for her anxiously.

During her hospitalisation, doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to have any children of her own because the stab wound she suffered on her stomach had penetrated her uterus. At this point it seemed the world was collapsing on her. 

Her groom, Harry, stood by her through the ordeal, insisting he still wanted to marry and take care of her. He kept his word and seven months later he walked her down the aisle in a wedding catered for by a rape survivor and her friends.

This is the point at which you’d probably think all is well that ends well. Not so, Terry lost her husband to carbon monoxide poisoning, almost dying along with him, after the jiko (charcoal stove) he had lit to keep them warm filled their bedroom with the toxic fumes.
Despite being a pastor, she felt God had forsaken her. People thought and said she was cursed. She swore she would never get married again. She was depressed.

Nevertheless, a friend of hers never gave up and kept visiting and comforting her. After a while he fell for her and told her he wanted them to be husband and wife. Terry tried to dissuade him in account of her dark past and inability to bear children but he had made up his mind. He married her and they miraculously had children.

Terry wrote a book about the ordeal, Crawling Out of Darkness, and started an organization, Kara Olmurani, that offers rape survivors support and counselling.
Read Terry’s full story here

This month’s We Are The World Blogfest cohosts Lynn HollbrooksSylvia SteinSylvia McGrath and Belinda witzenhausen welcome all to join and share uplifing stories via the #WATWB blogfest.

Click here to become part of the community

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Lifestyle, News, True Stories

 

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Audio: Al Shabaab Release Audio of two KDF PoWs Appealing for Help from Kenyan Government

Al Shabaab, through their radio Andalus, have released an audio recording of two alleged KDF soldiers they captured during the El Adde attack. The two, a 50 year old man from western Kenya and another 30 years old from central Kenya, distinctly appeal the Kenyan government and AU to secure their release so that they can go back to their families.
Sources intimate that Al Shabaab is holding about 12 PoWs from the attack they carried on the KDF camp at El Adde town.
Download audio here

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in News

 

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