Kenya's Northern Frontier District (NFD)

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Lulu.com, Mar 1, 2006 - 425 pages
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Memoirs of a pioneer family in Kenya's Northern Frontier District (NFD) during the period of 1954-1959. A decision made in the Colonial Office in London, attended by Civil Servants and Lords and Ladies of the Empire, turned the NFD of Kenya into a buffer zone, to curb the influence of a southern influx from the horn of Africa, who were mainly of the Muslim faith. Galla tribes from Christian Ethiopia likewise moved south. The war-like Massai and their kindred tribes, in the Highlands of Kenya, stemmed the southern influx of Northern Warriors. The buffer zone excluded all European settlement and missionaries. Administrators who were majistrates as well, together with a hand-full of Policemen trained Dubas (Tribal Policemen) and ruled the vast area under the auspices of the Colonial Office. This Volume on the Northern Frontier District tells the story of how the Nomadic Bedouin Tribesmen, English Administrators, animals and annual migratory birds interacted.
 

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Contents

Prologue
5
Nanyuki to Isiolo
20
Women Demonstrating
24
Isiolo to Makaa at Mile 46
29
Makaa
35
Calloused Hands
41
Kindling Home Fires
50
Encounter with a Shifta Chieftain
54
Mitgan Blacksmiths
222
Hokas Father Kills the Fatted Calf
231
ManEating Crocodile at Mandera
235
Ladies in the Wild
249
Bedouin Kicking Their Heels Up
269
The D C is Not Amused
279
Sweat Bees and Lions
287
Torrential Rain and Elephants
298

Snakes and Lions at Hagadera
64
Life in the NW of the NFD
74
Two Leaps from a Lion
87
An Old Friend Found
95
Desolation and The Devils Marbles
105
The Shifta Pay a Call
113
Pagan Customs
120
Goings on at Sololo
129
Christian Wedding
139
Honeymoon Couple at Sololo
151
A Tragic Incident at Sololo
154
Down The Well I Went
156
A Dappled Baby Thief
160
Ethiopian Royalty and Hereditary Paramount Chiefs
176
Snake Country
196
Malaika Angel
208
Lady Artists at Garissa
306
A HunterGatherers Paradise at Kolbio
311
A Visit to Lamu Island
328
Nderobo Ants
337
The Back Road from Bura to Mudo Gashi
343
Singing Wells
348
The Life of Nomads in the N F D
351
Sorrow Came
358
Nature in the Wild
362
Dangerous Country
367
Farewell Malaika
378
The Africa I Love
384
Epilogue
394
GLOSSARY
397
NFD Map
425

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