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Fred and Donanne Hunter

TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Leaving Kenya, 1973

Donanne and Fred Hunter knew that his foreign correspondent’s assignment would eventually end.  But we were sorry when we got the news of our transfer back to Monitor headquarters in Boston. One evening dining at the home of friends, the Oxfam man and his wife, Donanne and I made an unsettling discovery.  The topic of […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Kenya, 1973

When Fred and Donanne Hunter spent a weekend in Mbere District near Embu in Kenya, they met teenagers Anastasio and Barnabas.  Two years later, weeks before leaving Kenya, they connected with some Embu girls in Nairobi. It was late on a Tuesday afternoon, around 5:50 p.m., the last day of the run of Franco Zefferelli’s […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: Uganda, 1972 & Rwanda, 1973

DOUBLE FEATURE THIS POST The previous post reported whisperings of troubles in Uganda in 1971.  A year later they had grown in violence and disruption. In the months after Pauly’s birth unsettling reports began to flow out of Uganda.  There were rumors of ethnic tensions, Idi Amin trying to expel the tribal brothers of ousted […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: After Baby, Kenya, 1972

Donanne and Fred Hunter found life a little different after the arrival of heir son Paul in Nairobi.  Here are their accounts of how it was: From Donanne: In a letter home I wrote: News Flash! Since we’ve been in Kenya, Time, Newsweek and Voice of America have all had babies – the first for […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: KENYA, 1972

In Africa a first-born adds two new members to a family.  Meet Murugi who often took care of baby Pauly. When I first wrote about Murugi, she came to our house in Nairobi three mornings a week to wash our clothes and the diapers of little, four-month-old Pauly.  She also served as our ayah, our […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: A Journey into Parenthood #4, Kenya, 1972

Fred and Donanne Hunter were living in Nairobi, Kenya, his base for covering sub-Saharan Africa as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor when they decided to start a family.  Donanne concludes her accounts about having a baby in 1970s Kenya. At about 4:00 a.m. I was told to push a little harder and suddenly […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: A Journey into Parenthood #3, Kenya, 1972

Fred and Donanne Hunter were living in Nairobi, Kenya, his base for covering sub-Saharan Africa as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor when they decided to start a family.  Donanne offers another of several accounts about having a baby in 1970s Kenya. As I grew ready for the baby to arrive, I was glad […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: A Journey into Parenthood #2, Kenya, 1972

Fred and Donanne Hunter were living in Nairobi, Kenya, his base for covering sub-Saharan Africa as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor when they decided to start a family.  Donanne offers a two-part account of having a baby in 1970s Kenya. On Sunday, May 28th, Fred and I went to the Norfolk Hotel attracted […]

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TRAVELS IN AFRICA: A Journey into Parenthood, Kenya, 1972

Fred and Donanne Hunter were living in Nairobi, Kenya, his base for covering sub-Saharan Africa as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor when they decided to start a family.  Donanne offers a multi-part account of having a baby in 1970s Kenya. The trip was not a long one – just across town.  We had […]

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