This post is from the first trip for my ENEMIES Project. Read more about the project on my website: nelsonguda.com.
Going into the middle of the Samburu-Turkana conflict was difficult, but in the end it was a positive experience. This was different from my first shoot in the slums of Kibera. There I met two people who never really considered themselves enemies to begin with. The conflicts had risen and fallen like a fire flashing across a skim of gasoline – fast and furious and then mostly gone. The Samburu-Turkana conflict has been going on for generations, so it is a very, very different story.
The funny thing is that when I really talked in depth with people on both sides, they said that the conflict was not that big a deal – it almost seemed like they considered it more like a family feud. The Turkana said that their actual serious enemies are another tribe that lives nomadically in the area and raids both the Samburu and Turkana. In this video I talk about my impressions talking with and meeting people from each side.
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Nelson, I have been following your journey through these blogs and am so impressed with what you are doing. Wonderful videos (love hearing your voice) and the pictures are beyond verbal description. I especially liked seeing the part of the video where Lmantros and Lojore are looking at each other (as in the picture) but they are smiling (what a great contrast). Miss You! Lots of Love – Kay
Nels, I’m enjoying this access to your work this way. Thanks for keeping me up to date, luv-Dad