These are some of many ‘backstage’ images that I took during an 18 hour day that Guinness breweries took to make a new promotion commercial. The photographs are for ‘continuity’ and for the company’s records/archives. It was shot using featured individuals from countries where the promotion for the beer after the World Cup would be shown such as Ghana, Uganda and Kenya.
A text was sent to some of us Kenyans who have subscribed to local mobile phone network news information saying that some Kenyan Civil Society Groups had planned a peaceful demonstration that was to start at Uhuru (Swahili for Freedom) Park at 1Pm and move through Nairobi city centre to Parliament buildings, to end at 2pm. The reason? To protest peacefully (ie no police needed, no tear gas, no rioting, no closed streets) against our wonderful Members of Parliament voting themselves, for the second time, a rise in salary which would further distance them from the people they are supposed to be serving (us Kenyans) and also making them the absolutely highest paid politicians in the world.
Only 40 (approx) out of our 40 million population turned up to protest. And these were well spoken, well dressed and seemingly well educated Kenyans. I am told the ‘war’ against this issue is online, with petitions being passed and signed…More demonstrations were planned to follow which were more successful but we have yet to fully understand the weight of this matter as a nation and to empower ourselves to make the changes necessary to allow us the lives we dream to live and the country we all dream Kenya to be.
One hour only. From 11am until 12pm daily these baby elephants and their feeding time are open to viewing to the public, and only one hour to ensure they stay as unaffected as possible by human contact during their protection and rehabilitation by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya.
Baby elephants, and rhinos, from all over Kenya and other parts of Africa are brought to the centre rescued from poaching or from the live animal trade to the Middle East, the Far East and China. Each elephant has its own Keeper that stays with it 24 hours a day for comfort and protection, even sleeping together with the elephant. Those that are lucky enough to survive the trauma they have endured are nurtured, brought back to health and encouraged back into wild herds in Kenya’s largest national park Tsavo at around 3 years old.
The Conservation, Preservation and Protection that The Trust is committed to includes anti-poaching, safeguarding the environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, and providing veterinary help to animals in need. The rescue, hand-rearing and rehabilitation of elephant and rhino orphans is a fundamental and important part of The Trust’s projects and the education on the importance of conservation of wildlife and the environment to school children and visitors is vital to the future of Kenya.
For more information email The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on email@example.com