Kenyan International Poetry, Arts and Cultural Festival and Anthology Benefit the Education of Kenyan Children
The Kenyan International Poetry, Arts and Cultural Festival June 14, 2019 - June 24, 2019 in Bumala, Busia County, Western Kenya, mark the International Day of the African Child on 16th June 2019. Bumala is a small town situated in Busia County in Western Region of Kenya
On 16th June 1976 in Soweto,South Africa, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of these children were shot and killed. So in 1991 the Organization of African Unity (OAU) initiated this day. Therefore every year Governments, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), International organisations and other stakeholders gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa.
Its on this basis that The Hillary Mainga Foundation has organised for the international poetry, arts and cultural festival in Kenya to raise awareness about the right of every African child to access quality education. Participants have submitted poetry that truly evoke emotions and ignite thirst for children rights advocacy. An event anthology will be done and shared with every participant.
The participants and their countries of origin:
Silla Maria Campanini (Italy)
Prof. Domenica Alfredo Pasolino (Italy)
Dr. Huilya N. Yilmaz (USA)
Joanna Svensson (Sweden)
Shura Oyarce (Italy)
Eliza Segiet (Poland)
Claudia Piccinno (Italy)
Bozena Helena Mazur-Nowak (UK)
Pasquina Filomena (Italy)
Kimberly Burnham (USA)
Gina Bonasera (Italy)
Michele Melillo (Italy)
Uiba Mangang (India)
Jackie Mead (UK)
Violeta Maric Penic (Serbia)
Igor Marinovsky (Ukraine)
Maria Palumbo (Italy)
Maria Pelino (Italy)
Denisa Kondic (Bulgeria)
Fakis Vizzentalka Sigmunt (Serbia)
Gianni Romaniello (Italy)
Mirjana Dobrilla (Italy)
Aziz Mountassir Mountassir (Morocco)
Maria Stella Ruggiero (Italy)
Giovanna Nilo (Italy)
Serpil Devrim (Turkey)
Nadia Pascucci (Italy)
Dragana Simic (Serbia)
Claudia Angileri (Italy)
Anna Emilia Otello (Italy)
Slavka Božović (Montenegro)
Catia Pugliese (Italy)
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo (Philippines)
Jonathan Aquino (Philippines)
Peace in West Africa
Luhya, Abaluhya, Baluhya—"Omulembe" (peace) or "Amani" (peace)—Kenya.
Dholuo or Luo—"Kuwe" (peace), "Kue" (peace), "Misawa" (peace to you - hello)—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania.
Swahili (swa), Kiswahili—"Amani" (peace security safety, harmony, peaceful, at peace), "Salama" (peace), "Súllkhi", (peace), "Súlukhu" (concord, peace, conciliation), "Sulukhia", "Suluhia" (to agree, to compose differences), "Tarajali katika kázi" (to be trustworthy in work), "Sulukhiána", "Ku patánisha" (to be reconciled to each other, to agree), "Sulukisha", "Sulurisha", "Ku patánisha" (to cause to agree, to reconcile, to make peace or concord), "O'yaba" (freedom", "Uhuru" (freedom), "Amani ya Juu" (peace from above)“mkosa mila ni mtumwa” (a person without a culture is a slave), "Sauti ya amani" (voice of peace)—Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, East Africa.
Turkana, Ngaturukana—"Akimaima" (to soothe, to appease, to pacify) or "Akisililing" (to console, lit. to cause to calm down)—Turkana District, Rift Valley Province, Northwestern Kenya.
Luganda (lug), Ganda—"Emirembe " (peace, duration of peace), "Mirembe" (peace), "Ddembe", "Ddembe lyange" (my peace), "Ddembe lyo" (your peace), "Ddembe lye" (his or her peace), "Mirembe gyaffe" (our peaces), Tabaganya (to make peace) —Uganda, Niger, Congo.
Climate Change Driven Compentition on Lake Turkana
In Swahili "amani" means peace
security and safety in Swahili
but at Lake Turkana
there is no "amani"
no "akimaima" which means to soothe
to appease or pacify in the local language of Turkana
to cause to calm down
but how do we calm down climate change
droughts that kills the cattle
I must seek out alternatives
even illegal sources of income
withstand conflict between the newcomers and those here first
I have no choice
I must feed my family here in northern Kenya
with a rivalry between Kenyan tribes and Ethiopian fisherfolk
everywhere is the other side of the my lake
where peace is called "selami" in Amharic
but there is no "selami" here at the border
between the two nations
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