"Sissy ni watumishi wa community / We are servants of the community" — Nyagah wa Kamau / Stephen Nyash, RIP
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Note: Four May First/People Link organizers were sent to Dakar, Senegal by the US Social Forum in January/February of 2011 to attend the World Social Forum and help organize the Indymedia Africa House, bringing together over 50 African IMC activists from around the continent. We had the honor to meet Stephen Nyash in Dakar during this period. He will live on through our memories and the projects that he built.
The following article is reprinted with permission from indymedia.org.
Kenya Indymedia has reported that on Tuesday, February 21, radio journalist and organizer Stephen Nyash was shot dead in the Korogocho ghetto of Nairobi, where he had lived and worked for most of his life. Korogocho is the third largest slum in the world . At writing, the motive for his murder is not clear.
Nyash was one of the founders of KOCH FM , a close partner of Kenya Indymedia. He was also a leader in "Koch Hope" and "Ghetto Films," which worked to empower the slumdwellers of Korogocho. He brought this wealth of experience to the fourth IMC-Africa Convergence in Senegal last March as a representative of Kenya Indymedia. He was also integral in organizing a "Conference of People" held in Korogocho to coincide with the Conference of Parties (COP-17) gathering on climate change. Fellow organizer John Bwakali writes, "From the moment that he knew about Kenya Indymedia, Nyash became not just an active participant but fellow leader of the movement… Upon return [from Senegal], he immersed himself into the vision and work of Kenya Indymedia." Read John's Full Reflection HERE  and his audio interview with Nyash  on the fight against State injustices.
To our knowledge, Nyash is the third Indymedia worker to be killed. On June 29th, 2004, 23-year old Lenin Cali Najera of Indymedia Guayaquil in Ecuador was assassinated by agents of the Ecuadorian government [5, 6]. On October 27, 2006 Bradley Roland Will of New York City Indymedia was assassinated by paramilitary forces of the Mexican government while documenting the on-going struggle of the people of Oaxaca. [7, 8]
Nyash will be buried on 3 March 2012. He is survived by his wife, three year old daughter, ten year old son and mother. Kenya Indymedia is accepting donations for burial expenses and the family's needs, and plans to set up a fund to continue his work toward justice for the oppressed particularly in the slums; peace at the community level and economic empowerment and protection of young people. For the short term, donations can be sent via paypal to fagim564@….
1 - Indymedia Radio Activist Shot in Kenya
2 - KOCH-FM Facebook Page
3 - A tribute to Stephen Nyash by John Bwakali, Kenya Indymedia
4 - audio interview with Nyash on the fight against State injustices
5 - Ecuador IMC activist assassinated
6 - Carta a Lenin Cali
7 - NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will Shot Dead by Government Forces in Oaxaca
8 - The New York City Independent Media Center responds to the death of Brad WILL
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