I feel like life in Nairobi becomes more and more ‘normal’ and coming up with interesting things to write about is not so easy anymore… But I’m gonna do my best!
It’s still raining season. Every afternoon the sky breaks open and it starts raining cats and dogs. In Olympic the roads become rivers and we get to deal with almost daily power cuts, which means; cooking and dinner with candle light, reading a book because your laptop and phone died and the most annoying thing: cold showers in the dark. And yes, 17 degrees here feels like winter and on those days I’d be happy to go to bed at 22.00 wearing sweatpants and a hoodie because at least it’s nice and warm haha.
The guesthouse is still such a nice place to stay. It’s close to Toi Market, one of the biggest second hand markets where I sometimes go with a colleague after work. Last Monday I found a perfect dress for the Ball on Saturday and a denim jacket. I can also get around and take a Matatu-bus to the supermarket, so sometimes I get some spices and cook a vegetarian curry or pasta pesto. Also, there are now two baby kittens from our neighbours in our garden. They are so cute! I’m trying to be friends with them everyday, but have not been succesful so far.
After work – at least if it’s not raining – I like to hang and play with the kids in my street. We live behind a simple gate, with other houses and a church. In most of the houses live families, and in one of them is an orphanage with about 25 kids, I think they are between 1 year old and end-of-high-school age. Especially the little ones are always playing football or jumping ropes, so I often join them and it’s fun! On Sunday I decided to bring my camera, so you can see the photos below this post.
Also this is the week of the Ball! Super exciting, and super busy getting the last things ready. And at the same time my own research is also going on! I’m doing interviews with people from different organisations that work with refugees and on Monday I’m even going to the Ministry of Education to meet the Head of Research. Exciting!
Also, what’s a big thing going on right now is that the Ministry of Interior announced that they are going to close Dadaab Refugee camp and send back all the Somali refugees from there back to Somalia before May 2017. Also they are gonna disband the Department of Refugee Affairs. It’s still a guess if this is really gonna happen, because many international organisations like the UN and Human Rights Watch have already asked to reconsider this insane decision. Also the motivation is still a guess; do they need more money since a lot of it is now going to Europe and Syria? Is it a campaign strategy for elections next year, like we see in Europe and the US? Or is it really because of the possibility Al-Shabaab operates from the camp? Let’s hope for the best and this is not really gonna happen, because it would harm so many people.
The next post will be after the weekend and after the Ball! I have to get back to work now!
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