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Lastly, I know that it is fashionable to dismiss #KOT as a gang of marauding armchair-activists, but it's important to look at the Kenyan context a little more carefully. Kenya is not a society of people who are used to being listened to, or cared for.
There isn't really a history of any Kenyan institutions openly caring for Kenyans. All the way from the government, the police force, the health-care system, corporates, insurance, public utilities...name it.
To paraphrase @samirasawlani : "Some countries keep having their hearts broken." That's Kenya. 😢
Right now, our defence forces are doing their job, but caring for the distressed family and relatives on the fringes of Riverside Drive isn't really any institution's mandate. Kenyans are generally left to handle their emotional needs alone. #Jitegemee
To my mind, #KOT stands as a para-sorta-kinda institution that every now and then FIERCELY comes together to care for other Kenyans. And I don't think there's any other thing like it in this country. And as usual, Kenyans made it for themselves, because no one builds for Kenyans.
Where I'm going with this is that if 10,000 #KOT come together to express outrage at the #NewYorkTimes, or to #DeportKimiko, it's really worth taking seriously, because there is NO OTHER institution or body that will ever forward the concerns of Kenyan people where it should go.
We are noisy and we fight a lot - but #KOT sometimes has a much deeper purpose of collective therapy and bringing attention to things that matter to US, because no one else will. Just like our other Kenyan hacks and workarounds, we built it because we needed it and it works.
Love to you all, and stay safe. ❤️💔
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