- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
Creative Resistance – Stories from the Edge of Freedom
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 29 June 2015
Amsterdam. I was in a city famed for its long-established tolerance including its legendry Pride Fest dedicated ‘Homomonument’ commemorating gay war victims and its Red Light District. From the minute I landed at Schiphol International Airport and everywhere I went, I heard tourists say this is a city of integrity and free speech. No wonder the International Criminal Court is located here - The Hague for most of us and Den Haag to the Dutch. You may be forgiven for thinking there are no boundaries left unexplored in Amsterdam. This is a story for another day when I will share the history of how Amsterdam came to be - a city built mostly (by immigrants) from dams and dykes on a canal belt and thus the name Amsterdam. But for now, I was here in my capacity as the Vice President of the PEN Kenya centre to attend the PEN International / International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) Conference and Biennial Networking meeting.Read more...