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Cover Story: Untold Stories of Extra Judicial Killings in Kenya

Wimbo wa Mapambano

Wimbo wa Mapambano

Kupigwa na kupokonywa maisha Hakutatuzuia sisi wananchi Kunyakua Uhuru wetu Na haki ya jasho letu Jasho letu Na haki ya...

Reflections on Social Justice Centres, alternative model of community organizing and social movement building in Kenya

Reflections on Social Justice Centres, alternative model of community organizing and social movement building in Kenya

By: Lena Anyuolo, Ukombozi Library and Member of Mathare Social Justice Centre with Contribution from Gacheke Gachihi Coordinator Mathare Social...

Regular Column

Letters to the Editors

Letters to the Editors

A critique (second of three) by Karim Hirji of articles in AwaaZ Volume 15, Issue 2 2018. VS Naipul - Obituary There is no question in my mind that Naipul was a prolific literary giant who well deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature. His ability to craft elegant prose was equaled by only a few of his peers. Yet, I am no fan of Naipul and have read only a couple of his novels. My attraction towards an influential author whose books are interpreted as commentaries on society, past or present, stems from their style as well as substance. And it is...

Race, Class and Identity

By Yuri Prasad Racial prejudice forces us to define ourselves with categories that it has created writes Yuri Prasad. Identity is intrinsic to our very being and poses vital questions: who we think we are; what defines us; who we believe we are connected to — and perhaps as importantly, who we are not, and who we do not feel connected to. It’s not hard to see how such notions become intertwined with those of race, community, ethnicity, and nation.

Editorial cartoons

Editorial cartoons

Auditor General retires August 2019 

Special Feature

Women at the frontline of the Sudan Revolution - It is about Freedom by Hala al-Karib

Women at the frontline of the Sudan Revolution - It is about Freedom by Hala al-Karib

The women of Sudan are risking their lives every day on the frontlines of the Sudan Revolution - the most sustained challenge yet to Sudan’s political and militant Islamist regime, a regime that continues trying to rebrand itself in desperate attempts for local and international approval. It has been almost 30 years since the current Sudanese government took over the country...

Perils of Triumphalism By Nandita Haksar

Perils of Triumphalism By Nandita Haksar

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 with a promise of    Sabka Saath, SabkaVikas: Collective Efforts Inclusive Growth. Modi spelled out his vision of governance: Government has only one religion - India first! Government has one holy book - the Constitution. It was a slogan that had an appeal, especially to the 2.31 crore first time voters who came out...

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About Awaaz

Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

Footsteps

Onyango Oloo, 1960-2019

Onyango Oloo, 1960-2019

Onyango Oloo was a Kenyan revolutionary whose presence and guidance will be sorely misse...

Binyavanga Wainaina, 1971 - 2019

Binyavanga Wainaina, 1971 - 2019

When Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina joined your table, it was likely he would dominate the ...

Hon. Kenneth Odhambio Okoth, 1978-2019

Hon. Kenneth Odhambio Okoth, 1978-2019

In 2016, Hon. Ken Okoth participated in the SAMOSA Festival held in Eastleigh, Nairobi. ...

Dr. Joyce Laboso, 1971 - 2019

Dr. Joyce Laboso, 1971 - 2019

Dr Joyce Laboso, A Different Kind Of Kenyan Leader By Margaretta wa Gacheru Kenyans ba...

Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

By Margaretta wa Gacheru If you hadn’t read The Bluest Eyes, Beloved or Song of Solomon...

Ali Nadim Zaidi, 1956 - 2019

Ali Nadim Zaidi, 1956 - 2019

Ali Nadim Zaidi, who died on 7 September 2019 aged 63, will be best remembered as one of...