Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Statement from family of renowned Italian author shot by bandits in Laikipia

On Sunday morning, April 23, 2017 at around 9:00 am,
Kuki Gallmann was shot and wounded by an organised gang of gunmen while she
was driving on the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Her vehicle was ambushed
and she received a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Immediately following the assault, Mrs Gallmann was airlifted to Nanyuki
where she was treated by British army medics and then flown by helicopter
to Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi. She entered surgery at 1:00pm local time and
underwent a 7-hour operation. She is currently stable and in ICU. We have
received a huge amount of support from friends, family, and well-wishers
for which we are extremely grateful.

We would like to especially thank the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Tropic
Air, the British army, Aga Khan Hospital and our team of doctors for their
support and swift intervention.

We will continue to update on her progress. Our thanks to all for their
support and prayers.

Here is more about -Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann is Italian-born Kenyan national, best-selling author, poet,
environmental activist, and conservationist. The daughter of Italian
climber and writer Cino Boccazzi, in 1972 she moved to Kenya with her
husband Paolo and son Emanuele. 

They acquired Ol ari Nyiro, a cattle ranch
in Western Laikipia, in Kenya's Great Rift Valley which she would later
transform into a wildlife conservancy. Both her husband and son died in
accidents within a few years. Kuki decided to stay in Kenya and to work
toward ecological conservation in the early '80s, becoming a Kenyan

As a living memorial to Paolo and Emanuele, she established the
Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF), which promotes coexistence of people
and nature in Africa and is active in education, biodiversity research,
habitat protection, reforestation, community service, peace and
reconciliation, poverty alleviation and public health. GMF promotes
environmental education of Kenyan students.

 She dedicated Ol ari Nyiro tothis ideal, converting it into the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Gallmannpublished five books, all global best-sellers. The first, her autobiography *I Dreamed Of Africa*, became a feature film.