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This month the NI goes to Kenya in the company of nurse Nancy Wambui Thuku, one of the three million health workers from the Majority World who are currently staffing the rich world’s hospitals and nursing homes. She shows us why she decided to leave her homeland to work abroad and what effect this has on her and her family. But she also ponders the effect on her country of losing key health workers by the thousand.

June 2005, Issue 379

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Out of Africa
Kenyan Nurse Nancy Wambui Itotia is working in a nursing home in England. What has brought her there - so far from home and family? Vanessa Baird reports.
Hope FM
To Kenya with Nancy to see what she has left behind - and the effect that the money she sends home has on her family.
Acute phase
Hospital visits reveal the brain-drain of nurses and a deepening crisis in Africa's health provision. Who is to blame?
Health & Migration - The Facts
The Kikuyu cradle
A journey through the country's troubled past to visit Nancy's 90-year-old mother.
Stop being corrupt!
Kenya's struggle with sleaze.
Aaieeeeeee!
In Banana Hill much is expected of a nurse from abroad.
We are sorry... we stole your daughter
Nancy helps repair a tradition that was damaged in her absence.
Action
Contacts and resources.
What is to be done?
Brain-drain. Racism. Exploitation. Poverty. Inequality. Charting a path through the healthcare minefield.
Letters
Southern Exposure
The heartbreak of a woman from Tamil Nadu, India, who lost her granddaughter to the tsunami, photographed by Arindam Mukherjee.
View from the South
Are journalistic 'sting' operations exposing corruption justified? Or have journalists climbed on too high a horse? The debate is raging in India, as Urvahi Butalia explains.
Currents
The King of Nepal's draconian crackdown; will the US be forced to stop subsidizing cotton?; Disney rewrites Carib history. PLUS: Wordpower - the language of the environment. PLUS: Seriously.
Mixed Media - Book reviews
100 Myths About the Middle East by Fred Halliday; Comrades and Strangers by Michael Harrold; Gruesome Acts of Capitalism by David Lester.
Mixed Media: Music reviews
I Am A Bird Now by Antony and the Johnsons; Naked by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Mixed Media: Film reviews
Palindromes, directed by Todd Solondz; Machuca, directed by Andres Wood.
Big Bad World
Corporate responses to protest, part 598, by Polyp.
Making Waves
'It's the Wild West,' says Dave Logie, of Greenpeace Amazonas, talking about the dangers of confronting loggers and ranchers who are clearing the rainforest.
Essay: The bushfires of affluence
Jeremy Seabrook uncovers his own roots in a now-lost industrial culture to track how the world has been dazzled and damaged by consumerism.