Balloons against grenades

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Balloons>> Work environment • Kenya

imageOn November 14, people getting off minibus taxis at Nairobi’s central station looked somewhat bewildered to be handed balloons. They were gifted by US artist Yazmany Arboleda, who said Monday mornings were usually a heavy moment for people and he wanted to give away 10,000 balloons to change this perception.

Kenya has been on high alert since early November when the government sent troops to Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabab militants it blames for a spate of recent kidnappings. Since then there have been two grenade attacks in the city, blamed on sympathisers of the group. Al-Shabab is Somalia’s most powerful militant group. “Countering grenades with balloons could send an important message,” says Arboleda.

Move from news to views and get in-depth reports on issues that matter to you, every fortnight.
Subscribe now »

We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.

Scroll To Top