Sunday, April 23
Shooting of a conservationist in Kenya: a deadly mix of drought, corruption, politics
"There's a lot of, actually, politicians, people within the police, people within the administration, storing their wealth in cattle and laundering ill-gotten money through cattle." - Kuki Gallmann's daughter
Kuki, 73, is a tough old bird; today she survived a severe wound to her stomach from a gunshot that was clearly meant as an assassination attempt. My prayers for her swift and complete recovery.
Kuki Gallmann at her conservancy in Kenya
Daughter of Italian climber and writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann, fascinated by Africa, moved to Kenya with her husband Paolo and son Emanuele in 1972. They acquired Ol ari Nyiro, a 98,000 acre estate in Western Laikipia in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. At the time the estate was still a cattle ranch, which she would later transform into a conservation park. Both her husband and son eventually died in tragic accidents ... Kuki decided to stay on in Kenya to make a difference. She chose to work toward ecological conservation in the early '80s, becoming a Kenyan citizen.
As a living memorial to Paolo and Emanuele she established the Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF), which promotes coexistence of people and nature in Africa and is active in education, biodiversity research, habitat protection, reforestation, community service, peace and reconciliation, poverty alleviation and public health. GMF promotes environmental education of Kenyan students. She dedicated Ol ari Nyiro to this ideal, converting it into the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. ... [Wikipedia]
April 23, 20172:26 PM ET