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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Kenya video, Part 1

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at 7:55 AM
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  • The video of the trip through the slum is excellent.

    -- Posted by Grit on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 12:31 PM
  • I know it's long, and shaky -- which I'll explain in a moment -- but I wanted to try to give people a sense of place, some glimpse of what Kibera is really like. I didn't want to be too obvious about it. We talk some in LEAMIS training about cameras; everyone on a short-term mission trip wants to document the experience, and that's important, but you want to be respectful of the people in the service area and you don't want everyone to come in with cameras blazing like it's some sort of poverty zoo. It can be a very difficult balance to strike.

    I was casually holding my little Flip Video camera, about the size and shape of a cigarette pack, in the open window of the van, very consciously not looking at it. I tried to sneak a peek every now and then to make sure I still had the framing right. I know the video is shaky, but that's as it was.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 12:45 PM
  • What go me was that even this was a slum most of the people were fairly clean, with the homes kept well. The children seemed to be polite.

    -- Posted by Grit on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 8:05 PM
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