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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 4

Mothers in war Continuing from the previous excerpt of Wangari Maathai’s autobiography, Unbowed: One woman’s story, the mothers wait for their sons. But as they continue their peaceful and contained vigil, the government does not leave them alone. So, the unarmed … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 3

Mothers petition, pray and fast; and the birthing, naming and living spirit of Freedom Corner The adapted excerpt below from Wangari Maathai’s autobiography, Unbowed: One woman’s story (buy the book), tells of how a slice of Uhuru Park – Freedom Corner – came to … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day 2013

https://twitter.com/bettymurungi/status/333503700448452608 The month of May – Mama, Mother, Mummy, Mum While every day is indeed a day to honour our mothers (as in Betty Murungi’s tweet above), on Mothers’ Day, we do it collectively, and perhaps more formally, in the various … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 2

Coups, conspiracies and entrenching the culture of fear The 4th excerpt from Prof Wangari Maathai’s autobiograpy Unbowed: One woman’s story. Key message from today’s excerpt: no matter how strong and courageous you are, support and solidarity from like-minded people is … Continue reading

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Stripping, sniggering and ‘moving on’

A few days ago as we approached the celebration of the late Prof Wangari Maathai’s 73rd birthday on April 1,  in the region Prof Wangari Maathai called home, a woman was stripped naked at a Nyeri bus terminus for being … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 1

The push for political pluralism: Saba Saba, live bullets and  ‘political’ trees  Today’s excerpt, the third, covers the early 1990s. Prof Maathai’s tribulations at the hands of the government continue, as she joins hands with like-minded pro-democracy forces in the struggle … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own glorious and eternal words – Fighting for freedom

The battle for Uhuru Park Unbowed: One woman’s story by Wangari Maathai This second excerpt from Prof Maathai’s autobiography above is from the chapter Fighting for freedom. Unlike the previous excerpt from Seeds of change, this one has been abridged in the … Continue reading

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