We have begun the second phase in our exchange. We do so at the Norwegian Red Cross regional office in Nairobi. We have had a warm welcoming, and have been incorporated into the machinery which guides many operations on the vast African continent. Moreover, we have had the chance to meet with some very interesting characters working in different parts of the Red Cross e.g. the International Federation, hearing their stories. We are starting to grasp new elements of the culture of Red Cross.
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, and it has quite a few treats to offer. One such treat is the cinema, where we went just the other day to see the movie “Black Panther”, which is – we think – well done. Throughout the movie we recongnise a narrative which we often meet while in African countries. We meet people whose narrative is made of a proud heritage, strong ancestral believes and traditions, beautiful art and great poetry, colourful styles, colourful mindsets, music that flows and beats that hits hard, love for nature and wildlife and strong sense of community. Sometimes this “package” is concealed and slightly hidden in people, sometimes it is very visible and alive. But sometimes, when it unfolds, we are lucky to feel included.
Aurora and Jørund