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August 10th, 2010:

Traffico di Persone Umane – Human Traficking

The Nairobi newspaper Daily Nation, today published two pages on the problem of trafficking and exploitation of people. The main story is inspired and broadly refers to a study done by a Koinonia service, KARDS (Koinonia Advisory and Research Services).
KARDS, started and always led by Richard Muko, has been operating for some years doing research on exclusion and exploitation of the poor. Always with commendable but little recognized commitment, and great quality.
You can find an abbreviated version of the article on the website of Nation, at http://www.nation.co.ke/magazines/Sold 20into%%% 20slavery 20/-/1190/973528/-/item/0/- / 835i7z/-/index.html

Daniel non Ha Votato, ma Ha Vinto – Daniel Did Not Vote, but He Won

The day of the referendum Daniel did not go to vote. The following Sunday he came to Kivuli, where he grew from being a child to a young man, along with a brother two years younger. He could not contain his happiness. Why? Daniel and his brother lived in Kawangware, not far from Kivuli and after finishing school, two years ago, we helped them to resettle with the mother, and opened a kiosk / butchery, of the kind that there are in Africa, difficult to describe unless you see them. Now they are able to support themselves and the mother.
Last year, they were also able to find their dad. They had never known of him, because their mother had always maintained that he had died a long time ago. Overcoming the reluctance of their mother, they races the man in Limuru, a small town just outside Nairobi. They found him living in a hut of mud and straw, but with their great surprise, he is owner of the land, almost two acres, worth not a little money. It is a very fertile land where vegetables could easily grow, and provide food and cash for the whole family, especially if they could organize a little stall at Kawangware market. But dad was permanently drunk.
Last Sunday, Daniel was happy because over the last few months he had slowly convinced dad to drink more moderately, and his mother agreed to get back together with him. So taking advantage of the day of the referendum, with the lowest cost of public transport because no one moved, they had a big family gathering and Daniel described to me a delicious meal with a grilled chicken, cooked just outside his dad’s shack. The two brothers have now promised to go to visit their parents every Saturday, and to help them work the land. For Daniel it was a personal victory and has promised his parents that in the next months all the profit from the butchery will be used to build a decent wooden structure with corrugated iron roof. A victory for Daniel, but also for all the Kivuli boys who gradually had came around us, listening open-mouthed.
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