Dennish Ochieng: Mathare the gymnasts' paradise
Young boys have found a fitting pastime;
summersaulting at Kiamaiko Goat Market.
They converge daily to keep fit,
and kill boredom at home.
As they wait for schools to reopen,
they've turned the market into a playing field.
they engage in soccer, athletics and acrobatics.
To avoid ‘friction’ with older boys, they have…
‘annexed’ a corner of the field.
When the Standard caught up with them…
they were taking in new members.
The orientation was simple; safety and fun.
To prevent injuries, sawdust litter the grounds.
The sawdust is courtesy of trucks hauling goats.
The sawdust offer comfort to goats on transit.
Summersaulting is all about timing...
,experience and trust.
A trust in one's body that it'll perform.
That it'll perfectly execute as required.
These boys have mastered the art.
They have youth on their wings.
What they display is pure genius.
Though risky, it’s the best pastime there is.
The goat market provide meat to city dwellers,
besides Njiru and Dagoretti slaughter houses.
Young boy showcasing his moves.
Here, he tucks his for momentum.
Augments his landing and adjusts position,
One wrong move, and it could be deadly.