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. http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Kenyan_president ial_election% 2C_2007
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.
Minciu Sodashttp://www.ms. ltms@...
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