Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Nairobi Report - by Loi Awat

The Nairobi Report is a post-crisis story set in 2017 in Kenya. In 2014, there was an outbreak of a rare disease called Q-Fever in Nairobi. It was an outbreak so severe that it caused the death of 700,000 people and the subsequent quarantine and evacuation of Nairobi. The unusual circumstances of the outbreak (including the fact that Q-fever is not a disease found in tropical regions) led this outbreak and evacuation to be labeled ‘The Nairobi Occurrence’, sensationalized by the media as a deliberate conspiracy but regarded by the medical and political community as an unfortunate natural occurrence. Kenya’s capital city functions were moved to Mombasa and most of the displaced from Nairobi established homes in surrounding towns.

Mali Livasi is one such displaced, although he and his family were fortunate enough to have left Nairobi before the Nairobi Occurrence, and hence establish a comfortable life outside Nairobi before the evacuation. Just out of university, Mali is determined to grow out of the party lifestyle he led as a student, and struggling to pay a debt that he owes shrewd money lender Kazira. Kazira and his goons are Mali’s biggest problem- until he comes across a file implicating his parents, Doctors Jacob and Marita Livasi, in the deliberate spread of Q-Fever in Nairobi. Convinced that his parents, along with media owner Ezekiel Babu are guilty of mass murder by spreading Q-Fever, Mali is compelled to put up a fight against the perpetrators of the Nairobi Occurrence- and to take a stand for his city, Nairobi.

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