June 25, 2017

In Nairobi slums, grandmothers learn to defend themselves

NAIROBI, 21 August 2013 (IRIN) – Wairimu Gachenga, 70, lives in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum and looks after the two orphan children of her late daughter. Once a week, a group of grandmothers from the area get together to practice self-defence techniques after one of them was raped in 2007. “I started the self-defence classes because men used to rape us, so we saw the need of coming together as grandmas. And at first we did not know how to defend ourselves. “I’ve never been raped. But one day my son was attacked. And they really hurt him. They cut him ...

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Five children, all under age 10, found dead in Nairobi slum

Three boys and two girls, all under the age of 10, were found dead in a Nairobi slum, the Nation reported on Thursday. Neighbours found the bodies of the young victims on Thursday morning in Nairobi’s Korogocho slums and according to Kasarani deputy police chief, Joseph Gichangi, the girls were aged anywhere between four and seven years old, while the boys between ages 2 and 10. The deputy said police authorities believe the children were murdered. Neighbours checked in on the children when they discovered they hadn’t come out to “play as usual”. One of the victims, the youngest boy ...

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Photos: Vibrant designs from Swahili Fashion Week runway

Africa’s vibrant fashion industry is growing and establishing its place in the world. From Lagos, Nigeria to South Africa to Kenya and Tanzania, it is becoming common place for many African countries to have a fashion week or two. In East Africa, the fifth edition of Swahili Fashion Week, celebrated fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries. Swahili Fashion Week, like mega fashion events in other African countries, brings African designers to the international stage and promotes the “Made in Africa Concept”. It was founded by Tanzanian couturier, Mustafa Hassanali, in 2008. Now in its fourth year, Swahili Fashion ...

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