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Tom Mwiraria

Tom Mwiraria ,the founder of Impact  Voices is a story teller,Journalist and social rights enthusiast. Author of a travel non-fiction 'Enchanted Kenya' and collection of short stories entitled ,the 'Land of bones'.Writer with Daily Nation ,WILK -Why I Love Kenya Magazine and Kasoma Africa .Contributed short stories  on :Hekaya Review ,Writers Space Africa and Writers Guild of Kenya.Contributed Essays and papers on academia.edu and and Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda -STTA .Writing  Coach.Member of Young African Leaders Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Writers Guild of Kenya (WGK)

The Hunters of Akebu-lani

Thousands of our kinds were killed that time, but history won’t remember a single one. We arrived at Mutara wa Tsatsu in the forgotten years. We were invited by our dreams, smiling at our future, our young romping about like lion cubs. We came seeking peace but never saw the signs of nightmare to come. We rowed for many days upon foam crowned blue seas, defeating the veritable tempest of the seas.

Strangers in their own land.

Webs of lines are etched deeply into his face. A set of languid, deeply burrowed eyes tell the tale of a man tortured by life. If you pick a random event from precolonial Kenya, this man was probably a little older than that. With each hunching movement he clenches his gum and complains that a terrible ache pierces his back ‘like needles’. The elderly man had long forgotten what it felt to have joints that moved with ease without torturing him with a sting of pain.

As I help him onto a well-aged three- legged seat under a towering palm-tree, he lets out a shriek like a man who had stepped on thorns. This man is a member of a little Known Pemba community living in the Kenyan Coast.

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