A bit lately posted but May the month with the cold weather and the boxing sports taking over in a very wierd way, I got a chance to join my pals for the HAART exhibition on May first. It was a very informative event, warm, secure and well organized. Live music performance, spoken word artists, poets, fashion designers and of course all the visual arts in that place made me feel like I belonged. The event was held at Sarakasi dome, I would like to believe that the buildings design is one of my best in Nairobi, especially uniquelly. A lot of talents and strength would be acknowledged if we utilised such resources in a good way. I met new people, saw amazing work, learnt a lot and I got to exhibit my art among the other artists works.
Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to fighting human trafficking.I am greatful to HAART for the , they topportunity thy gave artists in joining their cause. HAART taught me about modern slavery, an evil they are fighting against, it is human trafficking. It affects both children and adults, most common cases are ones I am sure people always talk about with fear,anxiety worry,bitterness or pain, jobs in foreign countries that always end roughly and badly,among other incidences like kidnappings,forced labour,domestic servitude,sexual exploitation,removal of organs…But then you see, much as we ignore the painful lessons that others have been through, we also ignore that it is the small things that matter. The society has shown and is doing this unknowingly or rather intentionally. A good example of what I am talking about is internal human trafficking. Children from up country are working at our urban houses yet they are underaged. Their rights are violated and even the ones that get the rare opportunity to school for example are never taught that they deserve better, neither are they warned of the fears of a modern world
It is obviously wrong to have the children who we say are the future, working as our modern slaves, their escape ends up being more forms of human trafficking including the external kind. And this things happen right under our eyes because they seem small, but it is not until we have a vision 2030 with streets “littered” with begging children,muggers*, forever lost familiy members, burried loved ones and a broken country, all lost to this evil, that we will realize that we have been our own worst enemies. Fight this evil, self slavery/colonisation of our minds, because crying about scars will do no cure, unless we stop the whips and protect tomorrow.
there was no going hungry ‘smiles.’
I may not have covered the trafficking issue as largely as it should be, but I am one informed person, if you happen to read this, get more information because it is power, and right. The following sites will lead you to HAART,they support vctims of human trafficking, feel free to contact them, they are hope to us, lets join the war.
+254 (0)738 506 264
The exhibition continues around Nairobi…
GoDownArtCentre, 11-16th May
British Institute in East Africa, 18-23rd May
Kobo Trust, 25-30th May.