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Below is a small selection from the hundreds of photographs I took on my journey of political and cultural exploration. Click on any picture to see it enlarged.
My trip began with couchsurfing at the home of Thadeus Mutisya and his wife, second and third from right below. They had other couchsurfers staying with them for the World Social Forum as well, including Donnie Maclurcan (left).
I met Njoro, shown drumming below on the right, at the World Social Forum. He was a member of the Zingaro Percussion Self-Help Youth Group and later took me to visit the group in Mathare and meet one of its founders, Ngugi Mwangi.
At the Forum, I also met Otieno Ogweno and John Njoroge, members of Kenyas Youth Parliament. Here is a picture from a visit to a family of Ogwenos cousins. Ogweno is on the right. On the left is Alumasa.
Mutisya introduced me to Kioko Kitusa, who taught me about African history and politics. Here are some photos from visits with his family.
Visiting a school with Kioko
Meeting with Kenyan youth to have fun and learn about their political quagmire. People in first photo below are, from the left, Otieno Ogweno, Alumasa, me, Kioko Kitusa, and John Njoroge. In the middle picture are Kioko, Alumasa, me, and Ogweno. The right-hand photo is of Kioko and Alumasa.
Meeting of the Ogiek Welfare Council, Nakuru, Kenya, February 2, 2007. Standing in the window of the office are Towett Kimaiyo and Catherine Kimunya. Seated in the doorway of the office is Kioko Kitusa.
Mutisya introduced me to Helen, a woman who works to rescue girls from circumcision and forced marriage.
This was not at the zoo!
Meeting with Moffat Maitha, member of Parliament at the Kenya Parliament, and the discovery that I made there, February 9, 2007
Gitu Wa Kahengeri of the Mau Mau War Veterans Association
Statue of 1950s anti-colonial revolutionary Dedan Kimathi in downtown Nairobi. One of the people I met compared him to Martin Luther King and Che Guevara for Americans.
Black and white.