‘East African Erin Brockovich’ Wins Prize
Call her the Erin Brockovich of east Africa. They haven’t made the movie yet, but Phyllis Omido has a heroic tale to tell of forcing the closure of a lead smelting plant that was poisoning the inhabitants of a Kenyan slum – including her own baby.
It would be a terrifying moment for any mother. Her baby was rushed to hospital with a mystery illness. “At first we thought it was malaria or typhoid, but doctors found he was suffering from lead poisoning.” The lead must have come from the smelter where Phyllis had recently started work as a community liaison officer.