The week in amateur videos: a motorcycle miracle, brave bridge climbers and more

Silly, amazing or shocking things happen every day, all over the world – and in our era of video phones and high-speed internet, chances are they’ll be caught on camera and broadcast across the globe. Watch videos...

The world's poorest toymaker

Home to half a million people, the hundreds of thousands of shacks that skirt Nairobi make up the Kenyan capital's second largest shantytown. It’s amongst the rife poverty and scant landscape of Mathare that one man is devoting his time to making toys for children. Read more...


Makmende doesn’t watch TV, the TV watches him

He's the next big thing in Kenya, he's got 35,000 friends on Facebook, and he's the only name worth mentioning on Twitter. Meet Makmende, the man capable of giving malaria to mosquitoes and counting to 577 with his toes. Read more...


Slum turned vegetable garden

A blogger tell us how an ingenious idea got a group of shantytown residents to transform their quarters from a slum into a biological farm. Read more...


In Kenya, hate media has found a new home

The message Mashada posted on their forum page

One of Kenya's most popular discussion forums had to close its doors yesterday because of a barrage of abusive and hate-inciting comments left by web-users. James X runs the ‘Mashada' project. He explains that the site's once relatively peaceful discourse had taken a decisively violent turn since the elections. It seems that the internet is being used to fuel ethnic loathing. Could this media become the next Radio Mille Collines? Read more...


Misuse of power

These images were shown on Kenyan television on Tuesday. The scene was filmed in Kisumu (east), a stronghold of the opposition and where three protesters have been killed in two days (more on the riots). The film is now being circulated by Kenyan bloggers, who are condemning the national security forces for misuse of power.

Video posted on Youtube on 17 January 2007 - source : KTN



Kenyan web users gang together on ‘Google Maps’

Text messages played an important part in the Kenya protests at the end of last month. Now, Kenyan bloggers have found a new way to circulate information about the riots, rapes and murders that tear through their country. Our Observer Daudi Were, one of the project organisers, explains to us how it works. Read more...


Our Observer takes a look around post-protest Nairobi

Raila Odinga supporters gave up their protests yesterday, when the Orange Democratic Movement members finally gave in to the fact that planned rally would not be going ahead due to police control. Our Observer Daudi Were followed the police as they blockaded entrances to the city and told people to go home. And William Woeri, who's on the scene today, updates us on the current situation. Read more...


35 burned alive in a church, a pastor bears witness

An angry crowd set fire to a church near Eldoret (west Kenya) on Tuesday killing at least 35 people including women and children. Our Observer for Kenya, Fredrick Onyango, put us in contact with a pastor from Langas, a small town in the suburbs of Eldoret. With all shops closed, he explains to us how he cannot feed the sixty refugees he's currently housing in the church. Read his testimony.