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These Ladies Are Using Graffiti to Raise Awareness on Kenya's Social Issues

This Kenyan women collective uses graffiti to raise awareness on pressing social issues facing their country.

KENYA— Is graffiti just for men? Although Kenya’s booming graffiti industry is largely male dominated, these Kenyan ladies really don’t think so.


Started by graffiti artist Smokillah as a tribute to the women who raised him, The Graffiti Girls are using their skills to raise awareness on pressing social issues such as mental health and domestic abuse.

“Many people feel like there’s no one to listen to them. They don’t have a shoulder to lean on, so they only find solutions via graffiti,” Cynthia Aluoch says.

For more on these kick-ass ladies check the video below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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