Monday 23 April 2018

Author and animal rights activist shot in Kenya attack

Renowned conservationist Kuki Gallmann. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Renowned conservationist Kuki Gallmann. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Stuart Graham

Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was being treated in a Nairobi hospital yesterday after being shot in the stomach near her lodge in Kenya.

Ms Gallmann (73), who wrote the bestselling novel 'I Dreamed of Africa', was driving in her vehicle when she was ambushed.

She was rushed to the Nanyuki County Hospital for emergency treatment before being flown to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi for specialised treatment yesterday morning, her daughter, Sveva Makena (26) said. She was in a "stable condition" last night.

Ms Makena said earlier this month the Laikipia Plateau was under pressure from "noxious politics and drought".

"We remain positive that this wave of terror and mayhem will pass once elections and the rains have come and that the government are doing what they can to restore law and order one step at a time," she said.

Nomadic cattle herders have been carrying out raids against Kenya's wildlife conservancies and farms in the drought-stricken Laikipia region. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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