The Unbearably Slippery Nature of Reality

This essay is taken from Brainstorm’s second e-book, (In)Sanity: What “Crazy” Looks Like, which is on mental health in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Aleya Kassam A heart attack is supposed to loudly announce its arrival. Bark orders with a gruff voice. Stomp into the room and…

This is Kenya

This essay is taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, (In)Sanity, What Crazy Looks Like: Security in Kenya, which is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. Editor’s note: I’m thinking about what it is to read this essay and think of the several iterations of violence that have happened since Westgate. What does it…

What About Nerea?

“Please listen to Sauti Sol’s latest song Nerea. So done with it.” A close friend sent this message to me on Tuesday morning last week. Later in the evening, I watched the video with yet another friend. We were both irritated, and it has taken me a week to decide why. The song is from…

Emails on Depression

I’ve been asked often what depression really feels like. The defiant part of me refuses to answer these questions. To dwell on a violence is sometimes inflicting a violence on the self. To be forced into repeatedly justifying  your humanity can cause you to doubt it. (if everyone says I’m not here, am I?) Another…

24 Hours Of The Day

This essay is taken from Brainstorm’s second e-book, (In)Sanity: What “Crazy” Looks Like, which is on mental health in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Anne Moraa This is true – if creatively so, if only emotively so, if only my truth. I can only write it now,…