Friday, 17 April 2015

Stop blaming religion for the Garissa attack – Kenya’s fraught history with Somalia is the real cause

Photo Credit: Noor Khamis/Reuters
"My heart is dull with pain, and I feel the pull to cover it all with that hard, now familiar, Kenyan cynicism and move on, which really means suck the very remaining soul of it dry."
Writer Binyavanga Wainaina wrote these words a few days after four gunmen from the al-Shabaab militant group entered the Garissa University College in north eastern Kenya and killed 148 people, most of them students.

More than two weeks later, Kenyans are still trying to come to terms with the profound tragedy. A collective grief has stabbed the nation, leaving it floundering for answers to a plethora of questions: how could Garissa have been avoided? Why was security not increased at the University College despite militants warning of an attack a week earlier? How many lives could have been saved had there been proper security on the campus? Why did rescue forces arrive so late? Why are Kenyan troops still deployed in Somalia? Where will Kenya go from here?

But for our present to be understood, our past has to be contended with first. We have to face up to the events in history that are no longer acknowledged by the majority of Kenyans.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

147+1 #147NotJustANumber

we have lost
147+ 1 lives
147+1 names
not just bodies
147+1 visions
not just numbers
147+1 futures
not just citizens
147+1 is the number of your burden today

can you hear the voices and screams and tears and SOSs? 
- is this time of mourning

you failed us
words failed us

like a cartographer
you have drawn in bloody hands
a map of tragedy
from time to time
isiolo 1963
garissa 1980
wagalla 1984
garissa 2015
- once again

read full poem here