Ruud Elmendorp is an awarded Dutch Video Journalist reporting from the African continent. His focus is on story about conflict and development on an continent full of challenges and rewards.
May 20, 2014
Students at Nairobi University are protesting against an increase in registration fees.
Video shows clashes between university students and the police using clubs and tear gas to disperse the protestors.
According to the students, high fees are forcing some of their colleagues to drop out of school, which may lead them to join extremist groups such as al-Shabab, the Islamist extremist militia based in Somalia.
May 16, 2014
Two explosions at the busy Gikomba Market in Nairobi on May 16, 2014 killed at least ten people.
General views of market area
Quote police officer, his name is in a close shot
Saying two people died and unknown number casualties
Saying twin blast of planted improvised explosive devices that were
manually detonated during market hours on a very busy clothing market.
So that makes it a deliberate attack to hurt as much people as possible.
Also noted that the attackers targeted the local population that are
not rich otherwise they wouldn't go to this market.
first sequence has shots of the first blast site
hole in the ground, police officers investigating
then to the second blast site where people were hurt
shots of passenger mini bus that was affected, blood stained bag
other site where someone blew up, his/her shoes remaining with blood
quote market lady who saw it happening
her name is Judy Ngeri
quote 1.43 - 1.51 translated from Kiswahili
We went there and there people with blood on them.
Like his heart coming out, and he died over there.
And I went looking there.
Gikomba is a very popular second hand clothing market and populated
area. They sell clothes that are originally intended to be given out
for free through collections in the Western world. but they sell them
anyway. Gikomba is just outside the city center and daily frequented
by 10,000nds of people day in day out.
A Kenyan company based in Nairobi is recycling flip flops left on the beach in Mombosa and turning them into art and household beauties. This cultivation of used flip flops is helping in cleaning the beaches around the area and providing jobs for a lot of nationals.
25-years old Amina Ismail is one of the students on the Somali Journalist School in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Amina came to Nairobi many years ago with her parents when they fled neighboring Somalia for the civil conflict that started in 1991. As a refugee Amina was raised in Kenya and lives in the Somali neighborhood Eastleigh in Nairobi.
The area nicknamed Little Mogadishu is thriving with high rise offices and apartments, shops, restaurants, hotels, markets, music stores, artists, and a stark contrast with Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that remains destroyed after so many years of war. For journalists there it is very dangerous. This year only 16 journalists were killed. The Somali Exiled Journalists Association in Nairobi who organizes the journalist training commemorates these journalists with ceremonies in its office in Eastleigh. For Amina the violence against journalists is one of the topics she studies during her classes. She also goes out in Eastleigh to practice reporting, and it is very interesting because of its liveliness, economic activity, association with Somali pirates and even the extremists of Al Shabaab. Everything an aspiring journalist would hope for. Still Amina wants to return to Somalia as a journalist.
Soundbite 1: In the name of Allah, the most merciful and the most gracious, let peace be with you.
Soundbite 2: Later as a journalist, I want to interview any person in politics. Whether he is president, vice president or weather he is a parliamentarian. I want to interview them.
Soundbite 3: I know that one day, I will die anyway. So I am not afraid to be next to the ones who are killed. I have my ambitions, and if I die, it means it was my time.
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