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We are excited to announce the launch of Africans Rising which takes place on the 25th of May, the day designated as African Liberation Day. Initiated by a collective of civil society organizations, grass roots movements, scholars and African citizens in their individual capacities, Africans Rising is a movement giving impetus to the push to enable all African citizens to live lives of dignity. More than 50 years since the independence of most African countries, African citizens still live like the wretched of the earth, to borrow from the phrase Frantz Fanon used to describe the conditions of colonial peoples in the 1950s and 60s. 

Africans Rising is a movement taking place globally and we invite you to be a part of it. How can you get involved you ask? Just three short steps:

1. Read the #25thMay2017 actions and events guide

2. Read and sign the Kilimanjaro Declaration

3. Wear red on the 25th of May this year. Wear a piece of red cloth as a wrist band, arm band or head band. This will symbolically unite the various peaceful mobilizations across the continent.

Be sure to visit the Africans Rising homepage for more information.

 

Juliani's new song offers an opportunity for reflection on the society we are creating

Juliani's new song offers an opportunity for reflection on the society we are creating

Tuesday the 16th of May 2017 saw members of civil society, music lovers and ordinary citizens converge at the Michael Joseph centre for the video launch of Juliani's new song 'Machozi ya Jana'. Composed in memory of the victims and families of those who have lost their lives to extrajudicial killings, the launch also gave the opportunity to members of...

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"SPEAKING OUT AGAINST EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS" - A POEM BY FAITH ATIENO

"SPEAKING OUT AGAINST EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS"  - A POEM BY FAITH ATIENO

The human heart beats 4800 times per hour However, it only takes one bullet to permanently switch off that station of power That may sound to you like just figures But if you take injustice personally, you know it goes beyond the trigger “Justice be our shield and defender” goes our national anthem Take a minute and let that sink in Justice is Thee shield and...

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Meet Sgt. Grace Asami - Best Human Rights Officer in the country

Meet Sgt. Grace Asami - Best Human Rights Officer in the country

Service no. 226881, Butula AP Sub-county station, Busia county “Members of the public described Ms. Asami as a diligent and experienced officer. They cited her for advocacy for defilement cases that have culminated into successful investigations and prosecutions. She has also participated in public sensitization in sexual offence crimes. Her senior officers described her as an officer of integrity who is...

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Why we must involve our children in human rights discussions from an early age

Why we must involve our children in human rights discussions from an early age

One might think that students, especially 'millenials', or 'the xaxa xema generation'as we like to dismissively refer to them, are clueless on what happens in the world around them, let alone human rights issues. We here at Amnesty International Kenya (AIK), were however pleasantly surprised to discover that not only are they aware of current affairs, they are also able to...

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#HealthcrisisKe: Stop the sleaze and invest in healthcare

By Justus Nyang’aya The ongoing doctor’s strike which has entered its second month brings to mind the mythical Kusadikika Kingdom which was defined by excessive greed, lust and abuse of power. The subjects of Kusadikika were not expected to question their rulers. Everything belonged to the king- rivers, stones, lands, fishes, animals – yet every second he cried, “Thirst, hunger, thirst...

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Four hospitals for one scan: the sick state of Kenya’s healthcare

By Stephanie Wambui - Amnesty International Campaigner for Individuals at Risk Kenya’s healthcare system is disastrous, and no one is immune from it. Throughout the ongoing doctors’ strike, the doctors have been accused of forsaking their patients. However, what I have gone through in private health facilities, though minuscule, compared to what people without health insurance go through every day in public...

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World Habitat Day 2016 - Michael Nato's Story

World Habitat Day 2016 - Michael Nato's Story

My name is Michael Nato. I am 35 years old. I was born and bred in Dunga Nuse. I am a human rights activist, passionate about housing rights. I am a husband to one beautiful Amina and a father of an 11 months old baby boy. I journeyed along with Amina on the gestation path. It brought a lot joy...

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A Home By Any Other Name

A Home By Any Other Name

*A story of love and loss, of pains and dreams* I thought about it every day for the twenty five years that I’ve lived here. I think about it sitting here behind this old rugged sewing machine as I observe life in the camp, as the wind blows fine dust across the expansive field. I think about it on those nights...

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The Cities of War

The Cities of War

In two and half decades, Dadaab and Kakuma have become cities of war. The ones you can never leave. Every few kilometers past Thika, two sets of yellow spikes close off the road. Men and women in combat gear stand guard, stopping cars arbitrarily and scanning faces and bags. It helps if you don’t look Somali, and if you remember exactly...

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According to African culture, expelling refugees is not an option.

According to African culture, expelling refugees is not an option.

“When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” — Leviticus 19:33-34  Once upon a time, none of...

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