1. People protest against police brutality in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya, on 16 June 2020.
2. Protesters march in Mathare during a peaceful protest organized by the Mathare Social Justice Center, on 16 June 2020.
3. Photojournalist, politician and activist Boniface Mwangi during the Saba Saba Day protests in Nairobi's Central Business District, on 7 July 2020. Boniface Mwangi played a key role in organizing peaceful protests against social injustices in Kenya.
4. Protesters march in Nairobi's Central Business District during a peaceful march on Saba Saba Day, 7 July 2020.
From ‘Saba Saba’ by Gordwin Odhiambo (@gordwin_docu_photo)
On 7 July 2020, the 30th anniversary of the Saba Saba, Kenyan citizens took to the streets in protests against the rise of extrajudicial killings in Nairobi's informal settlements during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Independent Policing Oversight Body, 15 people have been killed
by the police since the country imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on 27 March to combat the spread of COVID-19. The protesters demanded an end to police brutality and killings, advocated for a favorable legal and policy environment in Kenya, good housing, and an end to power abuse. Many policemen were deployed in Nairobi city center and in the areas where the protests took place in Mathare, Dandora, and Kiamaiko. Teargas was thrown and several people were arrested during the march.
Gordwin Odhiambo is a documentary photographer born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, & a member of the African Photojournalism Database (APJD). His photography explores social & cultural issues, academic barriers, & nuances of stereotypes. His current works explore the dynamics of youths from low-income urban communities in Nairobi.
The APJD is a directory of ＋500 emerging & professional African visual journalists. A joint project of the World Press Photo Foundation & @EverydayAfrica
, the APJD aims to connect African visual journalists to the international media economy & help international media better understand the issues & projects that African visual journalists consider important. Follow the link in the bio to learn more.