For those reading this randomly or only recently arrived, this blog started when I was based in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011. Beforehand, I had another blog, written in French, where I posted my reports for BBC Afrique and the German International Radio, Deutsche Welle, Le Figaro and some other news outlets, but increasingly, though I was only a newcomer in East Africa and a humble freelance journalist, I was willing to write in a language the people around me in the region could understand...
Here is the link to the blog, if you feel like readind old news ;)
Also, from February 2011, I started travelling way more, after spending five wonderful months discovering mostly Nairobi and nearby towns, as Kisumu, the mesmerizing island of Zanzibar, and the marvelous Rift Valley.
I travelled to Kampala, Uganda, for the 2011 elections and soon to Dadaab, at the border of Somalia, which hosts one of the largest refugee camps in the world. No need to say how life-altering these journeys have been. I was privileged enough to soon travel to Ethiopia, to Somaliland and a year later to Mogadishu, Somalia's capital.
Tomorrow, August 8th, Kenyans are voting for their new president and this could have important consequences for the whole region. Though I suspect current President, Uluru Kenyatta (son of Jomo Kenyatta who let Kenya to independence and become the country's first president) has too much to lose to admit any form of defeat. Long story... I'll post some articles from the Guardian.
A few reports in French:
Reportage de Melissa Chemam au Kenya et en Ouganda à l'occasion de la journée de lutte contre le paludisme.
But first, because East Africa is one of the most beautiful region in the world, situated in the Horn of Africa and home to the Rift Valley, among other marvels, here are a few souvenirs in pictures.
For the anecdote, Nairobi has a neighborhood named Karen, now a wealthy suburbs in the west of the capital, that was named after Baroness Von Blixen...
There would be so much more to say about this beautiful country.
But that will come soon.
To be continued....
Latest news, in The Guardian: