Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Media Interviews

With Joel Magu @ Internews, Nairobi, Kenya
Yesterday I went to Internews on the 13th floor of the I&M building to speak to Joel Magu of The Star (newspaper) and Radio Africa. Our interview, which lasted a little under an hour, covered everything from the previous night's first ever presidential debate to the plight of IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Kenya to the root cause of tribalism to the fact that if we truly want peace, we need to focus on healing from trauma – that this should be as much a part of the national conversation as peace (which is not just the absence of conflict/war).

Being interviewed by Mbuthia, freelance writer & Joel's colleague @ the Star

Joel and his wife were very touched by "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," and he offered to use some of the recorded interview on KISS Radio, Classic FM and Radio Jambo. He also connected me to a colleague who works for the Standard Newspaper. I will be meeting him by the end of the week.

Tomorrow I meet with a young and very inspired activist by the name of Boniface Mwangi. A former photojournalist, his photos of Kenya's 2007/8 post-election violence have been on the covers of newspapers and magazines worldwide. He is responsible most recently for the "Vulture" paintings across Nairobi's Central Business District and the Jan 16th 2013 organization of a Nairobi march to protest Kenya's Members of Parliament (already some of the highest paid in the world) requesting, among other things, diplomatic passports for life, a tripling of their bonuses and a state burial that is reserved for heads of state and notable achievers. Crazy, eh? Watch: 

After my morning meeting I head to Kibera to meet with George, Paschalia and the organizers of a screening of "Kenya: until Hope is Found" this Saturday in which 200+ youth are expected to attend.

Lots going on, and I am grateful. Despite all the activity, I commit to centering myself daily with prayer+meditation and to exercising and getting enough rest.

Peace, Patrick

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