May 23, 2020

Coronavirus in Kenya: 'I buried my cousin on Facebook Live'

Only 15 people could gather for the burial of my cousin, Chris, and everything had to be done by 09:00 local time. "The Facebook Live failed so I could not watch Chris' final journey to the very end". For the communities in western Kenya where I come from, like the Luo and Luhya, a person's death and their burial are incredibly important events. The Luo, a Nilotic people from western Kenya, have among the most elaborate burial customs in Kenya. During the two days between Chris' death and his burial, people at home were forbidden from singing loudly at night, lest they attract the neighbours who may want to come and grieve with the family.

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