Kuki Gallmann, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author, Shot In Ambush At Kenya Conservation Park
Conservationist Kuki Gallmann was ambushed by a group of gunmen in a Kenya conservation park.
The 73-year-old author of the memoir I Dreamed of Africa was shot in the stomach on Sunday. The incident was the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya.
Gallmann was flown to a hospital in the nearby town of Nanyuki before being transferred to a hospital in Nairobi.
The author was reported to be in a “stable condition” on Sunday evening.
“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,” Gallmann’s daughter, Sveva Makena, said.
The Gallmann family own the 100,000-acre (400 square km) Laikipia Nature Conservancy and employ 250 Kenyans on the luxury lodges, ranch, and other businesses on the land.
A wave of violence has hit Kenya’s drought-stricken Laikipia region in recent months as armed cattle-herders searching for scarce grazing land have driven tens of thousands of cattle onto private farms and ranches from poor quality communal land.