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The Cry of Blood – An Ideagasm

The Storymoja Festival is pleased to announce that the next Ideagasm will be on May 10, 2014 at 10am to 1pm at the Storymoja Offices in Springvalley, Westlands.

This event is invitation only. If you would like to participate, please write in to and indicate your interest. Juliet Maruru will send you a prompt for a 150 word writing exercise. This writing exercise will be part of the overall conversation on May 10.

Please also note, that one of the participants will be Kinyanjui Kombani who will have a few minutes to talk about his experience in writing about extra judicial killings, tribal violence and illegal police arrests.You will also have a chance to buy a copy of his book Den of Iniquities as well as have him autograph your copy of the book.

Please find the ‘Provocation’ for the May 10 Ideagasm. Note that we have deliberately not key-holed the conversation, so it will in the end take the direction that you as participants will want it to take.


1st November 2008

Since mid-2007 the Kenyan Police have engaged in an orgy of extra-judicial killings and disappearances. In the last year and a half, with the connivance of the country’s political leadership, over 500 young men have been killed or disappeared. This Sep 2008 Kenya National Commission on Human Rights report, The Cry of Blood, is an account of these crimes and a call for the United Nations to intervene.

Despite being submitted to the authorities in Kenya and to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the Report is not publicly available in Kenya, even on the official website of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.  – Wikileaks

25th February 2014

Police on Tuesday gunned down two men on Kimathi street, in the city centre. One bystander, a woman, was also shot during the midday shootout . She later succumbed to head injuries at the Crescent Medical Centre, opposite Jamia Mall. Police say the two men were part of a four-man gang that they were trailing. The gang made a first stop at the I&M bank at Bazaar building, at the intersection of Moi Avenue and Biashara Street. They then proceeded to GT bank on Kimathi street. Police confronted the four as they tried to enter the bank and ordered them to surrender. Two members of the gang who were armed drew out pistols, prompting the shootout. The two other unarmed robbers escaped on foot. – Nairobi News

3rd April 2014

Riots broke out in several parts of Mombasa following the killing of radical islamist and terror suspect Sheikh Abubakar Shariff alias Makaburi outside the Shanzu Law Courts. Eyewitnesses told The Standard that at approximately 6.30pm last evening, some men wearing white flowing robes in a white car opened fire on Makaburi and five other unidentified men as the group waited for a bus after appearing in the court. The gunmen sped towards Mombasa, according to eyewitness accounts. Makaburi was killed two days after intelligence officials linked him to the March 23 killing of worshippers in a Mombasa church. – The Standard

16th April 2014

THE 300 Somalis held at Kasarani police station are living in squalid conditions of poor sanitation and overcrowding. The police station has a maximum capacity of 150 people.

The 300 Somalis were screened at Kasarani stadium and found to be illegal immigrants. They will now be either taken to Dadaab refugee camp or deported to Somalia.

Around 4,000 detainees have passed through Kasarani stadium since the huge cordon and search operation started in Eastleigh two weeks ago. Several hundred suspects are still being held at Kasarani stadium where they are being screened by Anti Terrorism Police, Immigration, National Intelligence Service and regular police. In the evening they are taken to Kasarani and other police stations which then become even more overcrowded. – The Star

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