terrible poverty in both rural and urban areas. Ads in the local paper recruit washerwomen at a daily wage ofthree shillings— less than ten pence. Without any kind of social security for workers to fall back on. it’s not surprising that the hotels can command vast armies of tractable employees. ready to humour the slightest whim of rich foreigners.
A more encouraging aspect of the country. and one which is in many ways a throw-back to the Bible-bashing Victorian missionaries. is the chance of a free education for all. In even the most remote and primitive communities we passed through you still see primary schools. funded by the government. All the children need to take to school with them is a writing instrument. This promotes some furious roadside bargaining as
well weighed down by local artefacts.
Modern Swahili betrays some less beneficial Western influences. The word for syphilis is ‘No kissie-kissie‘. The names popular amongst the upper and middle classes in Britain before the war have filtered down to all levels of the Kenyan population. (‘aroline lives in a shack with a tin roof. llenry drives a truck. Alice and Lydia wash clothes. Evangelical fervour (again partly due to Victorian influence) has prompted some parents to name their children with desirable attributes. Modest. Faithful and (‘harity frequently appear on the identification badges all the waiters wear.
Seeing the country at first hand dispelled some of the myths propagated by the recent spate of films about Kenya such as White
individual who captured them on film.
Kenya exerts a peculiar fascination over its visitors. a fascination which on my part stems largely from ambivalence towards the vastly differing life-styles and attitudes which co-exist. The diseased beggars of Nairobi are in no way allowed to impinge upon the leisured lives of the children ofthe original settlers. The much disliked. and prosperous Asian community represents another segment of the community which is entirely self-contained.
As our mock safari trailed through the heat and dust. underpinned by a slight sense of contrivance and guilt. we catne to the Rift Valley. hundreds of miles ofsavannah stretching in front ofus. illuminated by the bright. distinctively African sun. The elation prompted by such an expanse
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anxious parents trade sandstone rhinos. (the nearest we ever got to the real thing) and snake-boxes (more gimmicky than dangerous) for the requisite Bic biro. The Dutch couple had sussed this out in advance and arrived in the country with industrial supplies of pens. leaving
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of uncultivated wilderness. with the mountains in the background was hard to repress. Kenya's not a land about which you ever make up your mind. Perhaps that's the reason people become so attached to it.
needle in case of illness requiring injections. Check with your GP. Dental equipment may not be properly sterilized either. Geffull medical insurance.
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