‘Tough Bond’ is a trailer for the recent Berlin Festival premier feature, it chronicles the lives of street kids in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. The trailer is captivating and is sure to raise a needed conversation on what has become the ‘forgotten ones’ of a nation that is overcoming and rebuilding itself. A striking quote comes from outgoing Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka of whom believes that they are no street kids in Kenya delivering the following statement;
… and I think is a very big plus for the government that you do not find many …. I think really they are no street kids in nairobi anymore.
When it comes to film a definite pattern emerges last year saw the release of ‘Nairobi Half Life’, that also explores aspects of street life. It would be interesting to hear the views of individuals who have lived and experienced street life first hand and ‘Tough Bond’ gives the intial starting point. This is a must watch, I will keep and eye for future festival screenings in the United Kingdom but for now you can view the trailer and leave your thoughts about it.
In 2007, it was estimated that 250,000-300,000 street kids, often malnourished and sick, scramble to survive on the streets of Kenya with more than 60,000 living in the capital city of Nairobi. Unlivable wages have given rise to homelessness in Kenya. Children are sent out by their parents to work small jobs or to stop passengers in traffic for money. Many of these children have been orphaned or abandoned by family members due to ethnic conflict, insufficient medical care or the lack of financial resources.