Mpekatoni – Hindi 

Mpekatoni is a small town in Lamu County on Kenya’s north coast. When initial reports came out of an attack that eventually left up to fifty dead, the international community thought it had occurred in or near Lamu Old Town on Lamu island.
Mpekatoni is in fact on the mainland about 30 kilometers by car from the tiny port town of Mokowe.
On Sunday I took a friend’s daughter back to secondary school in Mpekatoni and spent the rest of the day snooping around and talking to residents.

Unexpected beauty along the way.

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Waterlilies on the road to Mpekatoni.

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Carcass of a torched vehicle and wall art, Mpekatoni

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Breeze View Hotel where nine people were murdered while watching the World Cup.

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An Orma resident of Mpekatoni.

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Margot Kiser | Conflict in Context

I am a Kenya-based American correspondent, focusing on conflict in East Africa. I have contributed to Newsweek, Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast, among others.

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3 Comments

  1. Katherine (Kitty) Watson

    Margot……not sure if you are off of FB, but I missed your picture on my friends list today
    ….looked as if you may be off. I hope it’s not for long…..and I hope all is well…..wherever you are! Miss you!

    Take care…..Kitty Watson

      • Katherine (Kitty) Watson

        Ok….good to know you are fine. Write when you feel in the mood!😀 I miss you on FB but will agree that it’s all pretty crazy. This whole election mess is, to say the least, disgusting and upsetting to so many…..including myself!
        I’m loving it here in northern Utah! Lovely cool weather….beautiful fall color and whisps of snow across the highest mountain tops! Am losing weight…..tho cooking a lot. I haul everything over to my son and family and that helps them out. Loving the time with my grand daughter, Willa June, who is a bright, funny, happy seven year old. We do lots of crafts together. Yesterday we made a giraffe….told her about seeing them glide through the yellow fever trees around Lake Naivasha!
        You take care…..keep well and safe.
        Keep in touch.
        Big hugs and much love, Kitty

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