Zarina Patel



Zarina is an author, historian, human rights activist and environmentalist with a deep interest in Kenyan South Asian affairs. Famous for almost single-handedly saving the public Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi from land grabbers in 1991, Zarina is a founding member of the Asian African Heritage Trust and was a member of the Ufungamano initiative for Constitutional Change in Kenya. In 2003 she was appointed to the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission taskforce. She has authored three books and is currently managing editor of AwaaZ magazine.

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“For me, peace is not absence of conflict. It is a positive. It is living harmoniously together, with mutual understanding and respect for each other.”

Zarina Patel