'Outsider' who rescued Kenyan Asian history. Click on photos below for more....
Though my story wasn’t featured in her books, Cynthia Salvadori who died in Lamu on June 26, 2011 will be best remembered for her painstaking documentation of stories like these in her extensive work on the history of South Asians in Kenya.
Through Open Doors: A View of Asian Cultures in Kenya; We Came in Dhows; Two Indian Travellers and Settling in a Strange Land all capture the stories of the South Asian experience in Kenya, which would otherwise have been forgotten.
About the Author
Selma Carvalho grew up in Dubai when the place was just an arid patch of land with a few houses huddled around the Creek to attest to the presence of life. After marriage, she lived for seven years in Minnesota, USA, which she describes as a natural berth for the liberal that she has always been. Although she has lived in the Diaspora for most part of her life, she feels she has never been anything other than a Goan.
Please click on Books below for more information:
A Room Of My Own
Selma Carvalho writer-in-residence
Women Pioneers of East Africa
This chapter has been excerpted from the book Baker, Butcher, Doctor, Diplomat: Goan Pioneers of East Africa by Selma Carvalho. For more information about the book.
The Man who moved the world
A remarkable human being, born in Kenya in 1943, the second son of a poor railway worker, he was soon faced with racism, an inevitable product of colonialism. He never forgot those underdog years and fought against prejudice for the rest of his life.
His life was truly remarkable; action-packed, full of pain and passion and inseparable from the troubled chronicle of emergent Africa.
He mobilised the conscience of mankind. Many millions are alive today because he risked his life time and again.
These are just some of his accolades and raving global reviews, an MBE from the Queen, tributes, honours by prominent leaders:
GEORGE BUSH, former President of the USA
God sent you for this hour.
He was no ordinary man. Would ordinary men were made of such courage.
Time and again, he moved the world front apathy to an understanding of responsibility. He was a great journalist and a great man. For good or ill, he changed my life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of others.
The turmoil of Africa’s emergence into the 20th century has long been the focus of the critical eye of the Western World. From exploration to exploitation; from fear and famine to fame and fortune; from war-torn horror to wildlife wonder; it has all been exposed to the relentless gaze of the international press. No one has caught its pain and passion more incisively than Mohamed Amin, photographer and frontline cameraman extraordinaire. He was the most famous photo journalist in the world, making the news as often as he covered it. ‘Mo’ trained his unwavering lens on every aspect of African life, never shying from the tragedy, never failing to exult the success. He was born into an Africa at the high noon of colonial decline and by his early teens was already documenting events which were soon to dominate world news. He witnessed and recorded the alternating currents of his beloved continent and beyond, projecting those images across the world, sometimes shocking, sometimes delighting millions of television viewers and newspaper readers.
His coverage of the 1984 Ethiopian famine proved so compelling that it inspired a collective global conscience and became the catalyst for the greatest-ever act of giving. Unquestionably, it also saved the lives of millions of men, women and children.
Born in Kenya in 1943, the second son of a poor railway worker, Mo was soon faced with racism, an inevitable product of colonialism. He never forgot those underdog years and fought against prejudice for the rest of his life.
From the time he acquired his first camera, a second-hand Box Brownie, Mo’s future was determined. Quickly he learned photographic and darkroom skills and was already applying them to commercial use when he went to secondary school in the then Tanganyika. Before he was 20 he was a recognised force as a freelance in Dar es Salaam and his work appeared in all the Fleet Street national newspaper titles.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Mo covered every major event in Africa and beyond, braving torture, surviving bombs and bullets to emerge as the most decorated news cameraman of all time. But his frenetic life was cut tragically short when, in November, 1996, hijackers took over an Ethiopian airliner forcing it to ditch in the Indian Ocean killing 123 passengers and crew. Mo died on his feet still negotiating with the terrorists.
By any standards, Mo’s life was truly remarkable; action-packed, full of pain and passion and inseparable from the troubled chronicle of emergent Africa.
Mohamed Amin, Kenyan news photographer and cameraman whose television reports of the 1984 famine in Ethiopia attracted worldwide attention and prompted a massive outpouring of relief, including the Live Aid concert; his more than 30-year career was ended by the crash of a hijacked Ethiopian airliner off the Comoros (b. Aug. 29, 1943--d. Nov. 23, 1996).
Mohamed “Mo” Amin (29 August 1943 – 23 November 1996) was a Kenyan photojournalist noted for his pictures and videotapes of the Ethiopian famine.
Mohamed Amin was born on 29 August 1943 in Eastleigh, Nairobi and developed an interest in photography at school.
Sir Mohinder Dhillon’s Book
My Camera, my life’ Book launched
Sir Mohinder Dhillon
The cockerel-fighter from Punjab who became one of Africa’s greatest cameramen, Sir Mohinder Dhillon.
Looking back over the 80 years, I wonder how, as a simple village boy from Punjab who never even finished school, did I end up in Africa, dodging bullets to make a living from shooting hundreds of kilometres of film in some of the world’s most dangerous regions.
Muzzafar Khan with Parminder Singh of Tyre Masters and the legendary photo journalist Sir Mohinder Dhillon.
Pioneer Photographer | News and Documentary Cameraman | Iconic Film Maker | Dr. of Philosophy | Environmental Activist
A documentary on Kenya's most infamous crime buster.
I first learned about Patrick David Shaw three years ago while sitting on my porch in Kenya's Rift Valley. A Kenyan man, who lived in Nairobi during the seventies and eighties, related to me tales of a huge white man known as "Mr. Shaw" who he said would drive around endlessly at night in his Volvo saloon liquidating criminals. Shaw, he said, was a former criminal and a gift from the British Government to then President Moi. To all that lived in Nairobi during that time, Shaw was a living legend and a veritable "super hero".
Tribute to the lives lost
Helicopter Accidents in Mombasa
Struck overhead power cables during a survey flight, burst into flames and crashed into a creek in Mombasa Harbour, Kenya. It broke up and sank killing the three crew, Dragon Fly HR5, HMS Centaur Ships Fleet
Duke's friend one of nine Kenyan crash victims
The Lynx was flying ahead of Brilliant when it came down at Vipingo, 18 miles from Mombasa. There were no survivors.The Lynx was flying ahead of Brilliant when it came down at Vipingo, 18 miles from Mombasa. There were no survivorsThe Lynx was flying ahead of Brilliant when it came down at Vipingo, 18 miles from Mombasa. There were no survivors The Lynx was flying ahead of Brilliant when it came down at Vipingo, 18 miles from Mombasa. There were no survivors
Power, politics and public monuments in Nairobi, Kenya
Coastweek -- Dr. M.A Fazil has been elected Chairman of the Punjabi Muslim Association (PMA) during a meeting held at Mombasa at Tudor Water Sports Club after 'maghrib prayers'.