It is 2009, famine has swept the country and people are starving. Girls sent to the river to fetch water are being eaten by crocodiles. Waterborne diseases are killing malnourished infants. The Shabab are decapitating their enemies in surrounding villages. It is impossible to imagine a society more broken down, yet the jihadist before me sits in his plastic chair with several mobile phones operating off separate towers.
This is the first time I clearly understand how important mobile phone technology has become in Africa. The value of the system gives the technology a resilience that machinery has historically lacked here.
Five years later, I'm in Samburu, Kenya, to create another resilient technology in Africa: The world's first commercial cargo drone route, to be operational by 2016. It will be about 80 kilometers long and will connect several towns and villages.