Thanks For Helping Kenyans!/Ron O, Eric W, TT-Kenya, All
- Dear Andrius and All,
I've just been back online after a few days, so am catching up with all mails and news posted to forums. However, the news I read in papers is very scary, esp for Kibera, where at least 100+ people have been killed (mostly Kikuyu, from reports).
I did not ask last time abt Ron Omondi and Eric Wanjamah, thinking/hoping that Ron is not in an area where there have been reports of violence, and Eric is in Sweden. Also Ken Odhiambo and Henry Migingo of OVF-Kenya, David Mutua of CAWD, and Teachers Talking Kenya. Please can we hear from them or find out somehow abt them too?
Andrius, your suggestions are marvelous and could be life-saving, and this is exactly why an emergency network is also a crucial and visionary idea, and imperative for us to start working on asap.
I am seeing huge amounts of news, though am not sure how much is completely accurate. It's so important that you have talked with Sam, and that Maria Agnese is also in touch with a colleague there.
I have heard from a couple friends in Nairobi, one friend who lives near Tom O is reporting from Kisumu, and Dennis in Nakuru has been posting. I have not heard from friends in Kibera, however, and my attempt to find out if someone reported killed--of the same name as an ActALIVE member, and from the same district--has met with no response. Most worrisome!
On funds, that's a great idea. Only hitch for now might be that some friends report banks closed, first for the holiday and election, and now because of violence. There may be other outlets where funds can be picked up, though members should be extra cautious abt picking up even a small amount (to us, much larger to most Kenyans) of money, as that could make them a target. Let's see what Sam and others say abt how that could be done.
Perhaps we could ask a couple members to call other members via regular phone, and can pay for the long-distance charges they might incur? You got through to Sam, for instance...I imagine he knows some of our members' numbers, like Ken, David, et al, and does he know how to reach Fred Ouko in Kibera? I'm worried not to hear from him, so hope someone might do that outreach.
I'll be on and offline for a few days now, but will check in again when I can, and report anything I know immediately. Hopefully we can all, wherever we are, direct our prayers and concerns to members in Kenya, for the Kenyan people and nation as a whole.
We can also utilize the Buddhist concept of "maitri", a very simple but very meaningful act each one of us can make: that is, sending out lovingkindness to our friends in Kenya (and to everyone there, no matter who they are, what their tribe, even to those committing violence), sending out peaceful thoughts to counter violence, sending out thoughts of healing and reconciliation, to counter the wounds, the fear, and the hatred. If all of our Minciu Sodas members would do this, what a powerful force for good that would be!
With greatest thanks for such caring and hopefulness in these difficult times, and love and blessings to all, Janet
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>Sent: Jan 1, 2008 6:05 PM
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>Subject: [holistichelping] Asif, what can we do for Kenya?
>Asif, Sasha, Janet, Agnese, Thank you for your concern and help
>regarding our participants in Kenya and the post-election violence there.
>I spoke with Maria Agnese Giraudo and she says the situation is very
>grave, especially in Kisumu (where Tom Ochuka is) and in Nairobi's slum
>Kibera (where many of the Nafsi Afrika Acrobats are) based on what she
>heard from a Kenyan colleague in Italy and from news reports. Also, she
>has received no replies to SMS and has not been able to call anybody by
>phone. We also have not received and emails from Kenya. There are
>reports of a media blackout in Kenya. This means that we may have
>access to information on the Internet that may not be available to
>people in Kenya.
>Asif Daya, because you grew up in Kenya but now are in Florida, and are
>well informed, I ask you to lead our efforts to help, if you agree. If
>you can, please also send me your telephone number so I might call you
>if there is a need.
>Currently, we can think how we might prepare to help when we do have the
>- We can share information that we learn about our participants.
>- We can organize some money, even a few hundred dollars, to send as
>needed where needed by Western Union.
>- We might prepare some information that we're able to collect here,
>depending on how bad the media blackout is in Kenya. We can then have
>it ready to send when the opportunity arises. I have set up a page
>http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenya Sasha, please, can you help there?
>- We can write letters and sign petitions to the foreign ministries in
>our various countries.
>- We can make a list of organizations and contacts that are able to help.
>- We may be able to organize help from Tanzania and Uganda (please advise!).
>Asif, What do you suggest?
>Just for clarity, my understanding is that Samwel and Kennedy are of the
>Lou tribe, as are most of the people of Rusinga Island where Samwel
>lives. Kennedy lives in one of Nairobi's slums. Raila Odinga, the
>presidential challenger, is a Lou and Mwai Kibaki, the incumbent
>president, is a Kikuyu.
>And here's a Kenyan newspaper that's online: http://eastandard.net
>Fred, Agnese and I decided that you should not travel by bus to
>Nairobi. Soon she will learn about the visa and then we will discuss
>further about buying your ticket to Rome.
>Asif, I have changed your settings at Mendenyo so that your letters go
>through directly and you can write as many as you please.
>+370 699 30003
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