Some of our partner organisations in Kenya have arranged grassroots comics workshops this year and we are pleased to show a few of them below. The organisations are Youth Alive! Kenya, KCBO-net, INUKA and Gay Kenya Trust.
The story is about a young boy who lost his parents and had to live with his aunt. However, the aunt denied him an opportunity to go to school. The boy is forced to herd livestock in the homestead. The authorities learn about this and the aunt is arrested.
Story and Art by Blind Artist, Youth Alive!Kenya
A young girl is sexually abused on her way to school. She tells her parents who report the matter to the police. The man is arrested by the authorities.
Story and Art by Lydia Wambui, Youth Alive!Kenya
A politician makes inflammatory remarks while addressing citizens at a public rally. Two of the citizens are concerned by the possible effects of the remarks on the peace and stability of the country and report him to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). The Commission takes action by disqualifying the candidate from taking part in the elections.
Story and Art by James Okoth, KCBO-NET
This comic is about a boy who tells his parents that he is gay. His parents ostracize him and kick him out of the house. The boy then seeks support and comfort from his friends who accept him, even with his sexuality. The comic ends with an illustration showing that even gay people have rights just like other human beings.
Story and Art by Kevin Mutua, Gay Kenya
The story in this comic is about a woman who is physically abused by her husband, who justifies his behavior as a way of showing love to this wife. The wife, upon advice from a friend, returns the favor by beating up her husband. The police intervene and she tells them she also decided to show her husband that she loves him.
Story and Art by Willy, INUKA
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