to Baidoa and back


Most of the photos are not clear because they were taken in a moving van using a phone camera.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “to Baidoa and back

  1. themodernidiot says:

    How very interesting. Were you there assessing for more building? And what were you doing in the back of that police car Mr Troublemaker? ;D

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  2. Barry says:

    Mak, In the photos above, you have shown a world that really is alien to me, and not one I desire to be part of any time soon.

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  3. fojap says:

    Looks like they could use an architect.

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  4. Violet says:

    I’ve never heard of or seen bomb and bullet proof fencing, nor have I ever seen guns mounted on cars in my entire life. Nor have I ever needed to be transported by the police or security for safety. Despite my disabilities, I feel quite lucky in this moment.

    These were some pretty eye opening photos, Mak.

    I used to work with a nurse from Somalia who was given asylum here in the US…her husband had been a general and had been assassinated in her home country. She had 8 children. She used to talk about walking to work in Somalia and having bullets whipping over her head. In the irony of all ironies, she was raped by a patient on the psych unit we worked on and completely lost all sense of safety. We talked for a long time about how she couldn’t get over an act of violence in the US, though she was regularly shot at and beaten in Somalia, and had been raped there as well. In the end, she decided that the US gave her this expectation of safety, and she couldn’t emotionally recover because she couldn’t believe violence happened here (at her workplace, which was a world-famous hospital no less). It was pretty sad…she’d been through way too much.

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  5. nannus says:

    What was your reason for travelling there?

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  6. carmen says:

    Such a different environment than mine, Mak; I can’t relate at all! Thanks so much for sharing, though. I’m glad you made it there and back safely!! πŸ™‚

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    • makagutu says:

      I can imagine how strange this world seems to some

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      • Scottie says:

        I would love to ask you questions of these countries, those you visit and of course what it is like where you live. You are highly educated, far more so than myself, and to ask the simple questions I have on your blog would show just how little I know of other countries. But I would love to know about Kenya, as from the bigoted view I am exposed to it is not advanced….yet that can’t be right as you have the skills and education, work for a multinational country, so the things commonly said about “third world ” ( sorry not an insult just did not have any other way to describe the way my lack of education prepared me for asking ) countries can’t be correct. Yet the pictures you show are of such devastation and poverty. I admit I am very confused? Hugs

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        • makagutu says:

          Hey Scottie, not need to be afraid to ask.
          I am just a regular guy on the street. Somalia has been ravaged by civil war for the last 25 years and that explains the status of the development.
          About Kenya there is so much to tell. There are the very rich, the very poor and the just in between. Shanties and palatial homes. It’s all a mix, a beautiful mix in some places

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          • Scottie says:

            So Kenya is like the USA… We have the same. Sad sometimes. How are the schools? Here the schools are being taken over by either religious fundamentalists or fervent “patriots” who want to rewrite history to show my country never did anything wrong and we are the ultimate in the whole world….both are silly and dangerous. If you want to post pictures of your country, I would love to see them, I won’t ever be able to afford to travel there, but through the pictures I can see it and learn. Thanks and hugs.. OH and as the others said… be safe those countries you went to scare me.

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          • makagutu says:

            We have public schools and private schools. Unfortunately we have religious education in all public schools and some of the private schools. As to fundamentalism, there could be a few here and there or maybe just as many as the US but they are not as loud. I have posted pictures several times in the past. In the search bar search photography

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  7. Thanks for those photos, really enjoyed them. Reminded me of India 30 years ago.well, not the rebuilding but the street life.

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  8. Real real me says:

    Nice exploration, if I can say so. You really enjoy your trips πŸ™‚

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  9. Nancy Oyula says:

    Saw the pictures and first thing to hit my mind was Northern Kenya.

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