The Tragedy at Hell’s Gate

The rigs are headed for the geothermal plant at Hell’s Gate, Kenya, which seems not to benefit the man hauling firewood for cooking on the back of his bike. Hell’s Gate National Park borders a Maasai tribal area. For those familiar with The Last Great Ape, Ofir wandered out of the park as an 18 year old and stayed with the Maasai in perhaps the most important experience he had on the path to becoming an activist. Today, the valley through which he walked is an industrial site. The director of the park, when he complained about the incursion of geothermal drilling onto protected land, was removed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Sadly, the geothermal wells could have been drilled diagonally from a distance, allowing both the perpetuation of the park and the development of the power source.

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Scenes from Liberia Part VII – Outdoor Laundry

Three years into the reign of Charles Taylor, there is no running water in the entire country of Liberia, which makes doing laundry an arduous task. The women first fetch water from a well, then clean the clothes by hand, and in the process turn doing laundry into a social activity.