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VIDEO: Another bag emptied at JKIA and everything stolen, says American woman




An American woman who has a very close attachment to Kenya and has been helping underprivileged kids is in shock after her bag was  emptied by suspected officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Chicago based Ghoncheh Lee,  who recently travelled from Nairobi via Amsterdam, was shocked to notice – on arrival at Schipol Airport – that he bag was emptied somewhere along the way and all its contents stolen.

Desperate for help, she put out the following message via social media;

The message caught the attention of Maggie Marika-Kwabena, an Atlanta based human rights activist who passed on the matter to Kenya Airways for investigation. This how the correspondence went:

Meanwhile, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines weighed in:


Ms Marika-Kwabena decided it was time to take the matter up with the officials at JKIA and wrote to them directly:


“Joel Osinta… Can you address this complaint? You confidently told Bmj Muriithi on this interview that this was not happening at JKIA. This sheds very negative light to JKIA and it needs to stop.”


Kenya Airports Authority  has responded thus:

“Hello Maggie, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have taken up the concern, communicated to the passenger and the case is under investigation.”

Maggie Marikah Kwabena, an Atlanta based human rights activist. PHOTO|FILE


Ghoncheh, the lady who lost her stuff, works as an Executive officer with ROCK, a non-profit organization in Kenya

which provides academic assistance and peer support to vulnerable youth in Kenyan slums.

She is also part of the Executive Team and leads ROCK’s fundraising efforts. She has lived in Kenya working with several start-ups and recently  returned to Chicago to support her family’s business. Her recent experience as she flew out of Nairobi has, to say the least, has left her with a sour taste.

Hopefully, her stuff will be found and an apology offered.

Unfortunately, this is just one of the many  similar or related complaints by many – especially Kenyans in the Diaspora – who have had some disturbing experiences at JKIA. Below is a related video clip courtesy of NTV Kenya:

The drama continues….


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PHOTOS: Kenyan woman who died in Atlanta buried



Phoebe Silantoi Hickman,  a Kenyan woman who died last week after a short illness was buried on Saturday afternoon, 10th march 2018 at  Liberty Hill Cemetery Acworth, Georgia.

Earlier, a memorial service was held at North Star Church (3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144) starting at 1pm.

Ms Hickman was the wife to John Hickman, mother to feneitz Somoina and sister to Jonathan Mututua.

Saturday, family and friends braved chilly and rainy weather to pay their last respects and bid farewell to the deceased.

“Thank you KIG for coming out to escort our sister. The rain did not stop us from showing solidarity with one of us. Asanteni sana,” said Ms Christine Muchene in a social media posting shortly after the burial.

See photos below courtesy of Ms Muchene:


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Kenyan-born Professor summoned by ICE, faces deportation from US




Augsburg University’s Dr. Mzenga Wanyama, a Kenyan-born graduate of the University of Minnesota who now teaches post-colonial theory and African American literature, has just been asked to attend a meeting Friday morning at the ICE office in St. Paul to discuss his immigration status and “plans for removal.”

Wanyama arrived in the United States in 1992, at a time when Kenya’s transformation from a one-party state into a multiparty system provoked ethnic violence. Thousands were murdered and many more displaced.

After his wife and two children joined him in America, Wanyama began to write articles for a leading Kenyan newspaper criticizing the government and praising primary opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost a bid for the presidency last summer in an election that also erupted in violent clashes over accusations of election fraud.

Later Wanyama applied for asylum, claiming the Kenyan government had retaliated against his family members in Kenya, harassing his mother about his whereabouts and firing his brother from his job in a public development corporation. In 2009, an immigration judge ruled that although Wanyama had reason to have feared persecution, what he suffered really wasn’t as bad as what other refugees experienced. (Prior court rulings had found that isolated attacks on family members isn’t always enough to admit an asylum applicant, if he himself hasn’t been sufficiently tortured.)

His asylum application officially denied in 2012, Wanyama was marked for possible removal and ordered to check in with ICE every 1-3 months. He’s never missed a visit, and ICE has never tried to actually deport him. Under the Obama Administration, the agency’s orders were to focus on deporting felons. Wanyama has no criminal record.

But in January, Trump signed an executive order that allows ICE to deport anyone without legal residency status, regardless of criminal history. Wanyama’s friends and colleagues at Augsburg fear that he will be arrested when he checks in with ICE on Friday, so they and academics across Minnesota plan to demonstrate at the ICE office at 1 Federal Drive, #1640 in St. Paul at noon.

 “I think he was targeted because the climate is changing, and because they’re going after people who are rooted in the community,” says Professor Sarah Combellick-Bidney. “They’re sending signals that our communities are hostile to immigrants by taking people who are a part of our fabric.”

Nearly 46 million people tuned in to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in January, when he announced his vision for “merit-based” immigration reform, a system that would welcome only the most educated, wealthy, and English-fluent people from around the world

.Does that mean tenured English professors are in the clear? Evidently not.


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