Monday, August 14, 2006

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

The UK Independent did a a nice portrait of the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o. While some American neo-cons argue that the oppression of dictatorship is far worse than the oppression of chaos, reading this story makes you wonder. The author was once imprisoned without trial in the 1970s for writing a play critical of the government and fled for his own safety in 1982. He returned to the country following the arrival of democracy in Kenya only for intruders to break into his apartment who stabbed and raped his wife in front of him and branded him with cigarettes when he tried to intervene.

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