Good Country We Have. In Memory of Josiah Mwangi Kariuki And Kenyan Women’s International Day

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March 2nd any year was the greatest day for thousands of university students both at Nairobi and Kenyatta University. It was a secluded day for our campus in Nairobi. Moi and his government could do everything and threaten us all they wanted but they knew the students will be out there for JM Kariuki and for our country. There was nothing they could do about it and they accepted that.

The student and national movement in support of JM was not about tribe or favours from anybody in power. It was about the country. The people had so much confidence that the country and the people of Kenya will figure out what is good for them and the nation.

That stands true today.

And then the nation and its people keep moving.

Today the struggle for women’s rights in Kenya is on the frontline as it must be for our country. Women farmers feed Kenyans from their families and onwards and they have no control or access to the Kenyan food supply system. Women in Kenya grow the food, to begin with.

They have to learn how that food is distributed around the country and exported across the world. When is that going to happen for Kenyans from all corners of the country?

Happy International Women’s Day for Kenyan Women. Nobody would be here without you.

For me my happiest mothers and women’s day is so long ago. I was a kid. I had to go to school like 6 a.m in the morning.

My mom has food for me before I go to school. But I have a bird trap outside the house and a bird walks in there I pull the string and spill out all the food my mother had for me. She says you are going to school and I don’t care if you starve.

There will be food when you come back.

That is Alice Ogalo Adongo. Happy Mom’s Day Girl.

Adongo Ogony is a Kenyan Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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