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Dossier July 2014

Turkana today

Lodwar has changed over the last two decades, and continues to change. Lately, its transformation has become hectic. New people are streaming in every day from all parts of Kenya and from abroad. New houses, shops, bars and offices open almost every week. New commercial and financial companies arrive. Fly540 Kenya, the premier low-cost airline…

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Animals as ‘humans’…

Three elements make up the world of the Turkana: human beings (ngitunga), animals (ngibaren) and Akuj (God). The animals (cattle, camels, goats, sheep and donkeys) are central to the political, economic and religious experience in their life. Cattle are highly regarded, and are only seldom slaughtered, since they provide milk, blood, skins, dung (used as…

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Initiation

A boy cannot become an adult unless he undergoes the rite of initiation. Before this ‘rite of passage’, he may not wear the traditional mud cap, possess animals, sit in a circle with the men, kill ritual animals, possess a spear, sing or dance for a bull, raid enemies or get married. If he were…

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Kenya – Turkana, the last warriors

When visitors reach Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, a town of about 50,000 people, the first thing they are invited to see is the prison cell where Jomo Kenyatta, the founding Father and first president of Kenya, was restricted to house arrest for two years in 1959, at the height of the country’s independence…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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