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Unmasking the United Nation’s Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity. By Rasna Warah.
In a world experiencing increasing conflicts, terrorism and displacement, many people are wondering what the United Nations – the organisation established in 1945 to save future generations from the scourge of war – should do or could have done to prevent the disasters from escalating.
UNsilenced shows that contrary to expectation, the UN has remained a bystander in many of the conflicts and most peace-building efforts have failed miserably. UNsilenced describes how whistleblowers have been denied justice within the UN system and how the immunity accorded to UN officials, combined with other malpractices within the organisation, allows injustice to flourish.
The book will be discussed by John Githongo, Billy Kahora, Kwamchetsi Makokha and the author Rasna Warah.
Conversations with African Writers: Khainga O’Okwemba in Conversation with Hilda Twongyeirwe & Elizabeth Kabui, Oct. 21 2016 @ Goethe-Institut Nairobi
Date: Friday, October 21 2016
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
In this session, Khainga O’Okwemba (President, PEN Kenya) will be in conversation with the founder of FEMRITE, Hilda Twongyeirwe and Kenya’s award-winning writer Elizabeth Kabui (winner of the Burt Award, 2014).
Habineza is born in a peaceful Rwanda. But that is short-lived. In 1959, the fierce Hutu Revolution forces him and his family to flee the country to Uganda – into the fangs of Idi Amin’s ghosts.
Believing that the ghosts of Idi Amin will never be exorcised, Habineza leaves for his home country where he starts a family until the ghosts of 1994 emerge and set fire upon the highly inflammable Army, militia, and the people.
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Reading: The Truth and Other Lies – A Novel by Sascha Arango, Sept. 22 2016 @ Goethe Institut Library
Famous bestselling author, loving husband, generous friend – Henry is an extremely pleasant person to have around, or so it seems. But then his mistress – and editor – becomes pregnant and as a result the whole of his carefully constructed life threatens to come apart. When he tries to get rid of his girlfriend, he makes a terrible mistake. Not only are the police soon after him, but his past, which he had painstakingly been keeping under the carpet, also threatens to catch up with him. In order not to be called to account, Henry works out an ingenious plan. Craftily and cold-bloodedly, he intertwines lies and truths and all the shades of grey in-between, with happy coincidences playing a not insignificant part. But bit by bit the noose tightens.
Excerpts from the book will be read and discussed in English and German.
‘City of Thorns’ by Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation with John Sibi-Okumu
Date: September 8, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française terrace
Time: 6.30 pm
On 6 May 2016 the Kenya Government announced that it will shut down the Dadaab Refugee Camp by November 2016 and subsequently disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA), all in effort to forcefully return Somali refugees back to Somalia. The Kenyan authorities claim that Dadaab has lost its humanitarian character and that it is used as a training ground for terrorist.
Amnesty International and the Rift Valley Institute have invited the British writer and former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the Horn of Africa, Ben Rawlence (author of River Congo and City of Thorns), to participate in a discussion on the closure of the Daadab Camp.
On this occasion, the Kenyan writer, actor and journalist, John Sibi-Okumu, will host Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation on his book ‘City of Thorns’ which interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the world’s largest refugee camp and sketches the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.