The first time I ended up en Kenya was to finish my Master's degree. For half a year I researched the connection between pastoralism, wild parks and luxury tourism in Laikipia. During that time I’ve gotten to know the country, I made friends, travelled around, have fallen in love and I’ve discovered how difficult it is to make another country your own.
Twala is not the only thing that concerns Rosemary. I am talking with her in her shop in Il Polei about her advocacy work for women’s rights, emancipation and her battle against FGM. The best way to stop FGM according to her is to talk with the women who execute the circumcisions. "If there is no-one to execute the circumcisions, the ritual will slowly die out."
Our reunion was at five o clock in the morning after a sleepless night for the both of us. It was a quiet, and heartfelt romantic moment between the two of us. Sometimes it is not necessary to use a lot of words or to have an epic grandiose drama.
There are two lovers: sand and water. The two cannot be together, because they are different parts of the world and destined to spend their life apart. Sand won’t be sand with water, and water will not be water when sand is added. Both live their lives in different parts of the world: one lost … Continue reading How the sea became
'Never lose hope, never lose hope. Never' This is the song Giselda hears when she bikes through her cold and rainy homelands. The song pulls at her heartstrings and she decides to get off her bike to see who's singing. The song comes from a cosy rural pub where the whole village has gathered to … Continue reading Never lose hope
Photo by Sneha on Unsplash A Maasai man is walking through his newly discovered lands. It is a very exciting walk because he has not been in this country before and it feels empty and completely new to him. About ten minutes into his walk he sees something very interesting. It’s an animal with a long grey nose … Continue reading The walking Maasai
This is Rose Orguba. She is a woman from the Rendille tribe in Northern Kenya. She is still living there because she wants to be close to her own people to fight for the rights of girls and women of her tribe.
Another reason she lives in the North is because she still loves her culture, despite its negative sides. She does not only fight against early-childhood marriages and female genital mutilation, but also for the emancipation and independence of woman in general.