The female circumcision debate has heated up in the media and in parliament . I have followed the discussion in The Daily Nation and there are some rather interesting tit bits. Take this letter to the editor by a regular contributor. She was of the opinion that slapping a ban on FGM is not enough and explains that if these women are given something else to dream about, the practise will die.
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They are at it again – ghosts have attacked another school!
Children’s story like this popular one – The Wizard of Oz – have a witch, who is old and nasty. We had H&G who were tricked into a cake-house by an old wicked witch. On TV, the movie ‘Brave’ just to pick one, has a nasty old woman that hands a child a cup-cake that turns her mother into a bear. I could go on and on.
In my tradition, the first girl is named after their father’s mum. I was named after my grandmother (cũcũ).
Cũcũ was among the few elderly people left
Going through the nation yesterday (May 6th 2014), I came across another teenage abortion story – with a title (Crime: teenager’s boyfriend arrested). Have a read.
I spend a couple of days last week with a relative who has suffered an illness that left him temporarily paralysed from the waist down. Luckily for him, he has recovered from the underlying illness and is now working towards regaining his mobility.
This week, I will put the scholarly pieces aside a bit and just talk about what sex education as I experienced it and as I see it now. I will focus on the girl – not because I don’t think boys are important in this issue but because girls are the ones who bear ALL the brunt of unwanted pregnancies and so what they go through is important. This is an image my daughter drew of herself and me.
I find those small little articles on the margins of papers very interesting…especially because that is where juicy health pieces tend to hide. This Saturday (29th March 2014) had this little piece.
Today, 10th of October is World mental health day. In a country like Kenya, with high rates of infectious diseases, were 1.5 million people are pushed into extreme poverty every year due to health costs, mental health problems are not seen as conditions requiring medical care. After all, most mentally unwell people are physically, very able. A lot of things get handled badly. Mentally unwell people are often labeled as ‘demon possessed’. I could go on about that one.
I had thought of writing this article before the Westgate crisis. Although the siege ended, it all feels so unreal. We who watched it on TV, like most people on the globe, still can’t believe what happened. The untold stories of the hostages who were mutilated by the terrorists are now slowly emerging. We would have been spared the full extent of that ordeal had it been left to the mainstream media but now we get to know so much.