07-12-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Today's Kenya Song is a playful song by children in rural areas (practically 90% of the territory) who have no water to wash their hands or the rest of their bodies, so much so that they often use rainwater.
They don't even talk about sanitizers and don't have money to buy a mask a day (those series cost as much as a plate of polenta and vegetables, the only meal of the day, 15 euro cents) if they are forced to, they use a rag that they can hardly wash.
But they have the open spaces of Kenya that protect them, because even if they don't know it, it is closing us up that kills us.
They have herbs and fruit trees whose saving power they have known since childhood.
Mothers sugar the seeds of the baobab for them and they themselves go in search of fruits that grow spontaneously or in the garden of relatives and friends: the tomoko, the fenesi, the star fruit.
Their vitamin singing, rich in magnesium and potassium and always happy.
In this revealing year, it tells us once again that it is not poverty that should frighten us, nor the loss of certain privileges that seemed fundamental to us but only served to forget the distance from the original meaning of our existence.
From why the human race has reproduced and evolved on earth and why it is now in danger of disappearing.
In the Nature of Kenya this sense can be found again, but with some difficulties and luckily some more resources, such as water for example, it could be recreated elsewhere.
This year Freddie of the Curatolo chose children as a public to tell her stories of Kenya, between nature, solidarity and fun moments.
They are elementary schools, especially quarters and scenes, listening to stories that go from baobab to schools...
An evening of stories about Kenya and the Mijikenda ethnicity this Tuesday at Figino Serenza in the province of Como.
With free entrance, in the beautiful and elegant frame of Villa Ferranti, the headquarters of the municipal library, Malindikenya.net's director...
A good read, about past times and those who dream of reviving them, until reaching the origin of those ancient tales narrated here. It's the Kenya of «Lord of the prairie», the latest book by the spanish writer Javier Yanes.