#Help! Kenyans Tweet Their Emergencies, and Ambulances Arrive Within Minutes

Tweeting at the Kenya Red Cross has become one of the fastest ways to summon an ambulance in Nairobi.

On May 2, Val Okuom was eating lunch at a restaurant overlooking Mombasa Road, one of Nairobi’s busiest highways, when she saw a speeding van run over a pedestrian.

“The guy was unconscious,” she remembers. “It didn’t look like he was going to survive.”

In a country like the U.S., Okuom would have called 911. But in Kenya, the national emergency hotline had been down for fifteen years. So Okuom took action in a different way: she pulled out her smartphone and tweeted about the crash.  Read more…

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