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Gidi's Story: No One Hears You Shouting From the Slums of Mombasa

Gidi’s story: a tale of a man, a city, and a piece of truth. The estate where we live is not in the slums. It’s a nice middle-class neighborhood — about ten acres with a big stone wall around them, and a whole community of small shops and apartments and houses and cow-grazing patches inside, all connected […]

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Go to the Fun Countries

Some countries let you sleep. Others wake you up. For the traveler, there are three kinds of countries. There are the clockwork countries like England and Germany, where everything is so organized that nothing can go seriously wrong; where you can go as a tourist and do most of the same things you do at home, […]

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Alone in Nairobi

Night can make you feel like a stranger, even when you’re home Last night, when the power had been out for twelve hours and the sun finally set and left me in the dark, and someone knocked on my door to hand me candles, and I lit the candles and sat on the bed and listened […]

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Here’s How It Feels to Cliff-Dive With a Paralyzing Fear of Heights

I’ve had a phobia of heights for as long as I can remember. Not just a nervousness, but a muscle-clenching, gut-freezing full-body paralysis that stopped me as firmly as a brick wall any time I stepped near the edge of a canyon or a twentieth-floor balcony. And today, I went cliff-diving for the first time […]

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