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  • Theresa Bakalarz
    Just got that link. It´s really hard looking at it. But if I see these things I am just... touched and know that I want to do something. That I want to change
    Message 1 of 18 , Jan 30, 2008
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      Just got that link. It´s really hard looking at it.
      But if I see these things I am just... touched and know that I want to do something. That I want to change something! So I thank you all very much for working against this violence.

      Someone said to me: "Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity"!

      And we´re not fighting. We are working together for a change. For the positive. For peace!

      http://www.jaluo.com/wangwach/200801/Geo_Jal_Prs012908.html

      Thank you all! Love, Theresa
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    • Andrius Kulikauskas
      Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her team met with
      Message 2 of 18 , Jan 30, 2008
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        Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
        day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
        team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
        their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
        to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
        agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
        organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
        Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
        wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
        permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
        others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
        leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
        involved in the decisions affecting them.

        Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
        where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
        elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
        Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
        prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.

        I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
        efforts:
        * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
        * share your thoughts with those around you
        * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
        letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
        * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
        there
        * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
        http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
        they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
        * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
        encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
        them text messages
        * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
        barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
        * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
        Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
        bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
        join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
        * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
        they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
        * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
        http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
        * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
        https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
        * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
        contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
        * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
        part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
        value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org

        Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
        Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
        but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
        to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
        which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
        from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
        talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
        clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
        conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
        people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
        cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
        or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
        organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
        not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
        them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
        meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
        confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
        publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.

        Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
        They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
        together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
        hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
        counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
        might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
        recruitment as thugs.

        Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
        Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
        not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
        have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
        effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
        using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
        $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
        declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
        dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
        undone.

        Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
        Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
        think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
        gives hope and diminishes tensions.

        Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
        (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
        +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
        donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
        and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
        reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
        respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
        great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
        speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
        telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
        little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.

        Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
        light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
        first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
        and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
        sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
        They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
        is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
        upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
        they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
        come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
        imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
        rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
        which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
        opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
        at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
        around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
        not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
        who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
        unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
        can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
        wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
        listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
        to clear our past and free our future.

        I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
        and every day after, as available.

        Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
        action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
        wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
        Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
        Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
        Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!

        Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
        that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
        concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
        it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
        and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
        that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
        the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
        Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
        Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
        +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
        Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
        Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
        +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
        721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found. Welcome!

        Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
        the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
        helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
        are transforming our world.

        A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
        whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
        reaches even the most turbulent heart.
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/

        Thank you all!

        Andrius

        Andrius Kulikauskas
        Minciu Sodas
        http://www.ms.lt
        ms@...
        +370 699 30003
        Vilnius, Lithuania
      • Janet Feldman
        Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All, This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send
        Message 3 of 18 , Jan 30, 2008
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          Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,

          This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
          eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
          on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
          most pressing and important.

          There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
          major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
          grow.

          One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
          needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
          tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
          political affiliation as "the problem".

          The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
          the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
          important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.

          Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
          others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
          HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
          appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
          deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.

          This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
          seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.

          It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
          on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
          peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
          for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
          grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
          to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
          giant leap forward in that regard.

          The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
          (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
          what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
          situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
          (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.

          Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
          first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
          displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
          conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
          violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
          is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
          opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
          need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.

          It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
          heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
          meet for peace.

          Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
          and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
          collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
          you every step of the way.

          With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
          and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet


          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
          To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
          <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
          "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
          Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!


          > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
          > day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
          > team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
          > their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
          > to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
          > agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
          > organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
          > Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
          > wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
          > permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
          > others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
          > leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
          > involved in the decisions affecting them.
          >
          > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
          > where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
          > elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
          > Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
          > prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
          >
          > I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
          > efforts:
          > * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
          > * share your thoughts with those around you
          > * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
          > letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
          > * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
          > there
          > * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
          > http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
          > they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
          > * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
          > encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
          > them text messages
          > * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
          > barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
          > * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
          > Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
          > bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
          > join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
          > * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
          > they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
          > * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
          > http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
          > * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
          > https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
          > * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
          > contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
          > * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
          > part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
          > value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
          >
          > Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
          > Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
          > but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
          > to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
          > which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
          > from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
          > talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
          > clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
          > conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
          > people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
          > cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
          > or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
          > organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
          > not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
          > them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
          > meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
          > confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
          > publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
          >
          > Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
          > They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
          > together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
          > hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
          > counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
          > might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
          > recruitment as thugs.
          >
          > Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
          > Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
          > not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
          > have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
          > effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
          > using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
          > $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
          > declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
          > dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
          > undone.
          >
          > Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
          > Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
          > think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
          > gives hope and diminishes tensions.
          >
          > Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
          > (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
          > +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
          > donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
          > and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
          > reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
          > respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
          > great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
          > speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
          > telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
          > little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
          >
          > Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
          > light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
          > first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
          > and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
          > sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
          > They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
          > is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
          > upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
          > they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
          > come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
          > imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
          > rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
          > which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
          > opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
          > at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
          > around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
          > not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
          > who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
          > unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
          > can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
          > wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
          > listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
          > to clear our past and free our future.
          >
          > I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
          > and every day after, as available.
          >
          > Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
          > action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
          > wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
          > Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
          > Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
          > Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
          >
          > Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
          > that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
          > concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
          > it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
          > and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
          > that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
          > the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
          > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
          > Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
          > +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
          > Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
          > Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
          > +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
          > 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
          > Welcome!
          >
          > Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
          > the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
          > helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
          > are transforming our world.
          >
          > A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
          > whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
          > reaches even the most turbulent heart.
          > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
          >
          > Thank you all!
          >
          > Andrius
          >
          > Andrius Kulikauskas
          > Minciu Sodas
          > http://www.ms.lt
          > ms@...
          > +370 699 30003
          > Vilnius, Lithuania
          >
          >
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          >
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          >
        • Janet Feldman
          Hello Dear Andrius and All, Wonderful to hear from you! It s way past my bedtime (3:30am) and I m about to fold my tent along with my laptop. Just wanted to
          Message 4 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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            Hello Dear Andrius and All,

            Wonderful to hear from you! It's way past my bedtime (3:30am) and I'm about
            to fold my tent along with my laptop. Just wanted to say that your plan
            sounds good about discussing some of this tomorrow...oops, later today. I
            will try to get to the chat and "work-day"...if for some reason I can't
            (things here always being a bit up in the air due to my dad's health), then
            perhaps tomorrow night.

            I'll be in touch with Rachel too and we can take it from there. If there are
            pressing needs tomorrow, she should feel free to do whatever is needed, and
            not wait. I thought some discussion abt how to use the donation to best
            effect might be good, esp if nothing else is forthcoming anytime very soon.

            Thanks much to you and all, and yes, "YEAH DAVID (you GO, boy)!" Janet


            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
            To: <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:49 AM
            Subject: [holistichelping] Re: Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!/growing
            peace, understanding roots


            > Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
            > empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
            > Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
            > use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
            > :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
            > morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
            > if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
            > If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
            > tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
            > Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
            > Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
            > Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
            > Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
            >
            > Janet Feldman wrote:
            >> Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
            >>
            >> This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to
            >> my
            >> eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for
            >> use
            >> on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever
            >> seems
            >> most pressing and important.
            >>
            >> There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure
            >> this
            >> major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
            >> grow.
            >>
            >> One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
            >> needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may
            >> be
            >> tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
            >> political affiliation as "the problem".
            >>
            >> The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further
            >> back,
            >> the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
            >> important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
            >>
            >> Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
            >> others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
            >> HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face
            >> what
            >> appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there
            >> is
            >> deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
            >>
            >> This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we
            >> have
            >> seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
            >>
            >> It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is
            >> going
            >> on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see
            >> "resolution",
            >> peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
            >> for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to
            >> address
            >> grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent
            >> means
            >> to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made
            >> a
            >> giant leap forward in that regard.
            >>
            >> The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
            >> (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
            >> what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
            >> situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
            >> (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
            >>
            >> Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
            >> first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
            >> displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
            >> conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
            >> violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to
            >> violence
            >> is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
            >> opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
            >> need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
            >>
            >> It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
            >> heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree
            >> to
            >> meet for peace.
            >>
            >> Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread
            >> far
            >> and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
            >> collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are
            >> with
            >> you every step of the way.
            >>
            >> With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage,
            >> hope,
            >> and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
            >>
            >>
            >> ----- Original Message -----
            >> From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
            >> To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
            >> <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
            >> "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
            >> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
            >> Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
            >>
            >>
            >>
            >>> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
            >>> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
            >>> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
            >>> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
            >>> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
            >>> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
            >>> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
            >>> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
            >>> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
            >>> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
            >>> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
            >>> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
            >>> involved in the decisions affecting them.
            >>>
            >>> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
            >>> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
            >>> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
            >>> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
            >>> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
            >>>
            >>> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
            >>> efforts:
            >>> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
            >>> * share your thoughts with those around you
            >>> * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
            >>> letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
            >>> * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
            >>> there
            >>> * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
            >>> http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
            >>> they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
            >>> * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
            >>> encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
            >>> them text messages
            >>> * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
            >>> barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
            >>> * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
            >>> Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
            >>> bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
            >>> join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
            >>> * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
            >>> they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
            >>> * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
            >>> http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
            >>> * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
            >>> https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
            >>> * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
            >>> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
            >>> * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
            >>> part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
            >>> value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
            >>>
            >>> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
            >>> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
            >>> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
            >>> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
            >>> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
            >>> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
            >>> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
            >>> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
            >>> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
            >>> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
            >>> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
            >>> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
            >>> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
            >>> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
            >>> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
            >>> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
            >>> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
            >>> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
            >>>
            >>> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
            >>> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
            >>> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
            >>> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
            >>> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
            >>> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
            >>> recruitment as thugs.
            >>>
            >>> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
            >>> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
            >>> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
            >>> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
            >>> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
            >>> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
            >>> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
            >>> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
            >>> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
            >>> undone.
            >>>
            >>> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
            >>> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
            >>> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
            >>> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
            >>>
            >>> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
            >>> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
            >>> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
            >>> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
            >>> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
            >>> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
            >>> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
            >>> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
            >>> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
            >>> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
            >>> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
            >>>
            >>> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
            >>> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
            >>> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
            >>> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
            >>> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
            >>> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
            >>> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
            >>> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
            >>> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
            >>> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
            >>> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
            >>> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
            >>> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
            >>> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
            >>> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
            >>> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
            >>> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
            >>> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
            >>> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
            >>> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
            >>> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
            >>> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
            >>> to clear our past and free our future.
            >>>
            >>> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
            >>> and every day after, as available.
            >>>
            >>> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
            >>> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
            >>> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
            >>> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
            >>> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
            >>> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
            >>>
            >>> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
            >>> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
            >>> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
            >>> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
            >>> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
            >>> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
            >>> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
            >>> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
            >>> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
            >>> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
            >>> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
            >>> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
            >>> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
            >>> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
            >>> Welcome!
            >>>
            >>> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
            >>> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
            >>> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
            >>> are transforming our world.
            >>>
            >>> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
            >>> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
            >>> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
            >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
            >>>
            >>> Thank you all!
            >>>
            >>> Andrius
            >>>
            >>> Andrius Kulikauskas
            >>> Minciu Sodas
            >>> http://www.ms.lt
            >>> ms@...
            >>> +370 699 30003
            >>> Vilnius, Lithuania
            >>>
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          • Andrius Kulikauskas
            Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. Here is a donation for Rachel s work, and
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              Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
              empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
              Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
              use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
              :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
              morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
              if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
              If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
              tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
              Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
              Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
              Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
              Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...

              Janet Feldman wrote:
              > Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
              >
              > This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
              > eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
              > on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
              > most pressing and important.
              >
              > There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
              > major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
              > grow.
              >
              > One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
              > needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
              > tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
              > political affiliation as "the problem".
              >
              > The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
              > the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
              > important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
              >
              > Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
              > others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
              > HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
              > appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
              > deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
              >
              > This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
              > seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
              >
              > It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
              > on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
              > peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
              > for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
              > grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
              > to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
              > giant leap forward in that regard.
              >
              > The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
              > (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
              > what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
              > situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
              > (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
              >
              > Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
              > first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
              > displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
              > conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
              > violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
              > is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
              > opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
              > need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
              >
              > It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
              > heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
              > meet for peace.
              >
              > Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
              > and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
              > collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
              > you every step of the way.
              >
              > With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
              > and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
              >
              >
              > ----- Original Message -----
              > From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
              > To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
              > <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
              > "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
              > Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
              > Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
              >
              >
              >
              >> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
              >> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
              >> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
              >> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
              >> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
              >> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
              >> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
              >> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
              >> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
              >> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
              >> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
              >> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
              >> involved in the decisions affecting them.
              >>
              >> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
              >> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
              >> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
              >> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
              >> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
              >>
              >> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
              >> efforts:
              >> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
              >> * share your thoughts with those around you
              >> * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
              >> letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
              >> * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
              >> there
              >> * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
              >> http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
              >> they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
              >> * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
              >> encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
              >> them text messages
              >> * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
              >> barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
              >> * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
              >> Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
              >> bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
              >> join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
              >> * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
              >> they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
              >> * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
              >> http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
              >> * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
              >> https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
              >> * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
              >> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
              >> * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
              >> part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
              >> value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
              >>
              >> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
              >> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
              >> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
              >> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
              >> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
              >> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
              >> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
              >> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
              >> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
              >> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
              >> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
              >> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
              >> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
              >> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
              >> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
              >> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
              >> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
              >> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
              >>
              >> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
              >> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
              >> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
              >> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
              >> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
              >> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
              >> recruitment as thugs.
              >>
              >> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
              >> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
              >> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
              >> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
              >> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
              >> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
              >> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
              >> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
              >> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
              >> undone.
              >>
              >> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
              >> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
              >> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
              >> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
              >>
              >> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
              >> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
              >> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
              >> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
              >> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
              >> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
              >> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
              >> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
              >> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
              >> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
              >> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
              >>
              >> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
              >> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
              >> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
              >> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
              >> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
              >> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
              >> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
              >> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
              >> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
              >> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
              >> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
              >> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
              >> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
              >> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
              >> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
              >> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
              >> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
              >> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
              >> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
              >> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
              >> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
              >> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
              >> to clear our past and free our future.
              >>
              >> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
              >> and every day after, as available.
              >>
              >> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
              >> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
              >> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
              >> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
              >> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
              >> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
              >>
              >> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
              >> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
              >> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
              >> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
              >> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
              >> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
              >> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
              >> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
              >> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
              >> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
              >> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
              >> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
              >> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
              >> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
              >> Welcome!
              >>
              >> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
              >> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
              >> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
              >> are transforming our world.
              >>
              >> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
              >> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
              >> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
              >> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
              >>
              >> Thank you all!
              >>
              >> Andrius
              >>
              >> Andrius Kulikauskas
              >> Minciu Sodas
              >> http://www.ms.lt
              >> ms@...
              >> +370 699 30003
              >> Vilnius, Lithuania
              >>
              >>
              >> http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HolisticHelping
              >>
              >> Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group
              >> enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank
              >> you! http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
              >>
              >>
              >> Yahoo! Groups Links
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            • Andrius Kulikauskas
              Janet, I suggest you call Rachel +254 721 626 389 directly, that would be great what you might dream up. I spoke with Rachel briefly that I will send the money
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                Janet, I suggest you call Rachel +254 721 626 389 directly, that would
                be great what you might dream up. I spoke with Rachel briefly that I
                will send the money and we will be in touch how to use it. I told her
                that her work is our priority now.

                Rachel confirmed my analysis, that my suspicions are well founded and
                reasonable. The violent Mungikis have come to Nairobi because their
                protectors are there. The protectors of the various tribal gangs are in
                both the ruling party and the opposition party and they collude with
                each other to foment violence as they benefit from it. They are at the
                root of the violence.

                Rachel also gave news that the Mungiki violence in Nairobi has come to a
                stop because of the intervention of some of the Kikuyu leaders.

                Some violence is instinctive self-defence; this is accepted. Some
                violence is born of rage; this is forgotten over time. Some violence is
                a tit-for-tat feud, fueled by injustice; this is quelched by acts of
                good will that open the way for love. Some violence is the calculus of
                a soul lost among demons; can we find such a soul and free it? We have
                accepted violence, we have forgotten violence, we have quelched violence
                and we will free our souls of violence.

                Janet, you are right in what you write. Your message is of lasting
                importance. I have focused on the fact that we can have immediate
                impact, but what matters more is that we can have lasting impact. We
                are together in this world which has chosen historical favorites, but we
                can create a world which favors all of us for who we are. We legitimize
                a currency that leaves people unemployed and thus vulnerable, but we can
                create a love that cherishes the sensitivity of the vulnerable and is
                guided by them to respond.

                Good night and good morning,

                Andrius


                Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                > Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
                > empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
                > Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
                > use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
                > :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
                > morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
                > if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
                > If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
                > tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
                > Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
                > Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
                > Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
                > Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
                >
                > Janet Feldman wrote:
                >
                >> Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
                >>
                >> This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                >> eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                >> on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                >> most pressing and important.
                >>
                >> There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                >> major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                >> grow.
                >>
                >> One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                >> needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                >> tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                >> political affiliation as "the problem".
                >>
                >> The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                >> the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                >> important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
                >>
                >> Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                >> others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                >> HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                >> appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                >> deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
                >>
                >> This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                >> seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
                >>
                >> It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                >> on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
                >> peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                >> for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                >> grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                >> to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                >> giant leap forward in that regard.
                >>
                >> The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                >> (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                >> what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                >> situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                >> (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
                >>
                >> Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                >> first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                >> displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                >> conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                >> violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                >> is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                >> opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                >> need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
                >>
                >> It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                >> heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                >> meet for peace.
                >>
                >> Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                >> and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                >> collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                >> you every step of the way.
                >>
                >> With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                >> and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
                >>
                >>
                >> ----- Original Message -----
                >> From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                >> To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                >> <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                >> "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                >> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                >> Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
                >>
                >>
                >>
                >>
                >>> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                >>> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                >>> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                >>> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                >>> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                >>> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                >>> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                >>> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                >>> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                >>> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                >>> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                >>> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                >>> involved in the decisions affecting them.
                >>>
                >>> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                >>> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                >>> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                >>> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                >>> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                >>>
                >>> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                >>> efforts:
                >>> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                >>> * share your thoughts with those around you
                >>> * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
                >>> letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
                >>> * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                >>> there
                >>> * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
                >>> http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                >>> they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
                >>> * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
                >>> encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
                >>> them text messages
                >>> * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
                >>> barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
                >>> * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
                >>> Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
                >>> bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
                >>> join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
                >>> * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
                >>> they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
                >>> * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
                >>> http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
                >>> * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
                >>> https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
                >>> * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
                >>> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
                >>> * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
                >>> part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
                >>> value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
                >>>
                >>> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                >>> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                >>> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                >>> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                >>> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                >>> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                >>> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                >>> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                >>> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                >>> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                >>> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                >>> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                >>> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                >>> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                >>> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                >>> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                >>> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                >>> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                >>>
                >>> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                >>> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                >>> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                >>> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                >>> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                >>> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                >>> recruitment as thugs.
                >>>
                >>> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                >>> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                >>> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                >>> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                >>> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                >>> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                >>> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                >>> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                >>> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                >>> undone.
                >>>
                >>> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                >>> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                >>> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                >>> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                >>>
                >>> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                >>> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                >>> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                >>> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                >>> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                >>> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                >>> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                >>> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                >>> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                >>> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                >>> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                >>>
                >>> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                >>> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                >>> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                >>> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                >>> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                >>> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                >>> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                >>> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                >>> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                >>> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                >>> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                >>> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                >>> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                >>> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                >>> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                >>> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                >>> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                >>> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                >>> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                >>> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                >>> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                >>> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                >>> to clear our past and free our future.
                >>>
                >>> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                >>> and every day after, as available.
                >>>
                >>> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                >>> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                >>> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                >>> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                >>> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                >>> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                >>>
                >>> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                >>> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                >>> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                >>> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                >>> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                >>> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                >>> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                >>> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                >>> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                >>> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                >>> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                >>> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                >>> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                >>> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                >>> Welcome!
                >>>
                >>> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                >>> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                >>> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                >>> are transforming our world.
                >>>
                >>> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                >>> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                >>> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                >>>
                >>> Thank you all!
                >>>
                >>> Andrius
                >>>
                >>> Andrius Kulikauskas
                >>> Minciu Sodas
                >>> http://www.ms.lt
                >>> ms@...
                >>> +370 699 30003
                >>> Vilnius, Lithuania
                >>>
                >>>
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              • Benoit Couture
                Theresa wrote: ..Someone said to me: Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity !... WOW!!! Understood in the right context, even our Creator would
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                  Theresa wrote:
                   
                  "..Someone said to me: "Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity"!..."
                   
                  WOW!!!
                   
                  Understood in the right context, even our Creator would not say it better...in fact, He/She would simply cry along and find the way to reach out To feed appropriate Health-Education-Correction...as we do now...
                   
                  Fighting for peace is to loose peace. 
                   
                  Being at peace, keeps us from militancy and spreads the victory of inner justice.
                   
                  The inner justice of God brimgs us into peace, and produces joy that keeps us strong against all odds...
                   
                  ...may genuine prayer be set free to carry us through, within the safety of rejoicing, no matter what...
                   
                  ..so that the acrobats of the Pyramid of Peace and all gifted ones who join them in the construction of the movement, may flow with all of the presence, energy and splendour of Heaven...
                  ...drawing all gifted peaple in the focus of personal and communal growth...
                   
                  ...so that all who do not know of the gift, may come safely to the table of communion,
                  in the oneness of God's golry, feeding and drinking from the bread and from the water of life...
                   
                  Let us go on to set the witness of inner justice free from amongst all of the people, until the sigth of a mature people of all people becomes the site of humanity's focus of a better present. 
                   
                  ...Then the future will no longer be used to deceive us...
                   
                  ...let the Eternal's life rise amidst our mortality and let us grow in the loyalty that rises beyond all deceit...
                   
                  ...may the Western world answer God's calling to share whole heartedly...
                   
                  ...may our Creator bless richly the Orchard of Thoughts, from Lithuania to the repentence of Russia and of all powers on earth...
                   
                  ...to the fruitful blossom of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit...
                   
                  ..amen to Your Yes in us all...
                   
                  ...may all blessings be with us all...
                  Benoit

                  Theresa Bakalarz <t.bakalarz@...> wrote:
                  Just got that link. It´s really hard looking at it.
                  But if I see these things I am just... touched and know that I want to do something. That I want to change something! So I thank you all very much for working against this violence.

                  Someone said to me: "Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity"!

                  And we´re not fighting. We are working together for a change. For the positive. For peace!

                  http://www.jaluo. com/wangwach/ 200801/Geo_ Jal_Prs012908. html

                  Thank you all! Love, Theresa
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                • Andrius Kulikauskas
                  I spoke with Rachel again. The priorities now for her money are: 1) Send airtime to the Mungikis in Naivasha who have joined our Pyramid of Peace. 2) Purchase
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                    I spoke with Rachel again. The priorities now for her money are:
                    1) Send airtime to the Mungikis in Naivasha who have joined our Pyramid
                    of Peace.
                    2) Purchase things like cellphones for them.
                    3) We'll wait to talk with Janet before buying any laptop.

                    I spoke with Ronald Odhiambo in Nakuru. Things are much calmer there.
                    His house is fine so far. He will go today to Naivasha. He is very keen
                    to try out the football idea. The Red Cross volunteers were interested
                    but jittery. He will be a referee for the games and he can organize
                    them simply among the youth of the same tribe, such as the Kikuyus, and
                    give them an alternative to roadblocking, and then they might play a Red
                    Cross team. Perhaps the Red Cross could play both sides which would
                    then add an element of sport to see who can play better against the Red
                    Cross. I am sending Ron $100, half for his own needs (thank you for
                    your sacrifices!), and half for him to use as he thinks best.
                    Go, team!

                    Andrius


                    Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                    > Janet, I suggest you call Rachel +254 721 626 389 directly, that would
                    > be great what you might dream up. I spoke with Rachel briefly that I
                    > will send the money and we will be in touch how to use it. I told her
                    > that her work is our priority now.
                    >
                    > Rachel confirmed my analysis, that my suspicions are well founded and
                    > reasonable. The violent Mungikis have come to Nairobi because their
                    > protectors are there. The protectors of the various tribal gangs are in
                    > both the ruling party and the opposition party and they collude with
                    > each other to foment violence as they benefit from it. They are at the
                    > root of the violence.
                    >
                    > Rachel also gave news that the Mungiki violence in Nairobi has come to a
                    > stop because of the intervention of some of the Kikuyu leaders.
                    >
                    > Some violence is instinctive self-defence; this is accepted. Some
                    > violence is born of rage; this is forgotten over time. Some violence is
                    > a tit-for-tat feud, fueled by injustice; this is quelched by acts of
                    > good will that open the way for love. Some violence is the calculus of
                    > a soul lost among demons; can we find such a soul and free it? We have
                    > accepted violence, we have forgotten violence, we have quelched violence
                    > and we will free our souls of violence.
                    >
                    > Janet, you are right in what you write. Your message is of lasting
                    > importance. I have focused on the fact that we can have immediate
                    > impact, but what matters more is that we can have lasting impact. We
                    > are together in this world which has chosen historical favorites, but we
                    > can create a world which favors all of us for who we are. We legitimize
                    > a currency that leaves people unemployed and thus vulnerable, but we can
                    > create a love that cherishes the sensitivity of the vulnerable and is
                    > guided by them to respond.
                    >
                    > Good night and good morning,
                    >
                    > Andrius
                    >
                    >
                    > Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                    >
                    >> Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
                    >> empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
                    >> Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
                    >> use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
                    >> :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
                    >> morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
                    >> if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
                    >> If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
                    >> tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
                    >> Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
                    >> Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
                    >> Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
                    >> Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
                    >>
                    >> Janet Feldman wrote:
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>> Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
                    >>>
                    >>> This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                    >>> eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                    >>> on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                    >>> most pressing and important.
                    >>>
                    >>> There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                    >>> major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                    >>> grow.
                    >>>
                    >>> One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                    >>> needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                    >>> tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                    >>> political affiliation as "the problem".
                    >>>
                    >>> The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                    >>> the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                    >>> important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
                    >>>
                    >>> Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                    >>> others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                    >>> HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                    >>> appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                    >>> deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
                    >>>
                    >>> This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                    >>> seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
                    >>>
                    >>> It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                    >>> on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
                    >>> peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                    >>> for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                    >>> grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                    >>> to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                    >>> giant leap forward in that regard.
                    >>>
                    >>> The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                    >>> (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                    >>> what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                    >>> situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                    >>> (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
                    >>>
                    >>> Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                    >>> first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                    >>> displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                    >>> conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                    >>> violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                    >>> is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                    >>> opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                    >>> need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
                    >>>
                    >>> It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                    >>> heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                    >>> meet for peace.
                    >>>
                    >>> Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                    >>> and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                    >>> collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                    >>> you every step of the way.
                    >>>
                    >>> With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                    >>> and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
                    >>>
                    >>>
                    >>> ----- Original Message -----
                    >>> From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                    >>> To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                    >>> <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                    >>> "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                    >>> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                    >>> Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
                    >>>
                    >>>
                    >>>
                    >>>
                    >>>
                    >>>> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                    >>>> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                    >>>> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                    >>>> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                    >>>> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                    >>>> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                    >>>> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                    >>>> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                    >>>> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                    >>>> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                    >>>> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                    >>>> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                    >>>> involved in the decisions affecting them.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                    >>>> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                    >>>> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                    >>>> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                    >>>> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                    >>>> efforts:
                    >>>> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                    >>>> * share your thoughts with those around you
                    >>>> * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
                    >>>> letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
                    >>>> * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                    >>>> there
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                    >>>> http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                    >>>> they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
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                    >>>> encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
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                    >>>> join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
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                    >>>> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
                    >>>> * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
                    >>>> part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
                    >>>> value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                    >>>> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                    >>>> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                    >>>> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                    >>>> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                    >>>> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                    >>>> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                    >>>> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                    >>>> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                    >>>> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                    >>>> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                    >>>> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                    >>>> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                    >>>> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                    >>>> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                    >>>> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                    >>>> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                    >>>> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                    >>>> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                    >>>> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                    >>>> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                    >>>> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                    >>>> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                    >>>> recruitment as thugs.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                    >>>> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                    >>>> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                    >>>> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                    >>>> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                    >>>> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                    >>>> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                    >>>> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                    >>>> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                    >>>> undone.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                    >>>> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                    >>>> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                    >>>> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                    >>>> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                    >>>> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                    >>>> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                    >>>> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                    >>>> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                    >>>> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                    >>>> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                    >>>> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                    >>>> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                    >>>> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                    >>>> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                    >>>> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                    >>>> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                    >>>> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                    >>>> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                    >>>> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                    >>>> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                    >>>> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                    >>>> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                    >>>> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                    >>>> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                    >>>> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                    >>>> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                    >>>> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                    >>>> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                    >>>> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                    >>>> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                    >>>> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                    >>>> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                    >>>> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                    >>>> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                    >>>> to clear our past and free our future.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                    >>>> and every day after, as available.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                    >>>> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                    >>>> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                    >>>> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                    >>>> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                    >>>> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                    >>>> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                    >>>> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                    >>>> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                    >>>> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                    >>>> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                    >>>> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                    >>>> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                    >>>> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                    >>>> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                    >>>> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                    >>>> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                    >>>> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                    >>>> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                    >>>> Welcome!
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                    >>>> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                    >>>> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                    >>>> are transforming our world.
                    >>>>
                    >>>> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                    >>>> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                    >>>> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                    >>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Thank you all!
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Andrius
                    >>>>
                    >>>> Andrius Kulikauskas
                    >>>> Minciu Sodas
                    >>>> http://www.ms.lt
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                  • Andrius Kulikauskas
                    I share another bit of thought for analysis which Rachel agreed with me on. Assassinations are highly calculated and are organized by powers, not by mobs.
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                      I share another bit of thought for analysis which Rachel agreed with me
                      on. Assassinations are highly calculated and are organized by powers,
                      not by mobs. And it's very likely that these are inside jobs - people
                      killing their own - because the wicked in each party have the highest
                      motivation to kill the peacemakers in their party, and the easiest
                      opportunity. This is important in chasing down the root of our problems.
                      Andrius

                      Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                      > I spoke with Rachel again. The priorities now for her money are:
                      > 1) Send airtime to the Mungikis in Naivasha who have joined our Pyramid
                      > of Peace.
                      > 2) Purchase things like cellphones for them.
                      > 3) We'll wait to talk with Janet before buying any laptop.
                      >
                      > I spoke with Ronald Odhiambo in Nakuru. Things are much calmer there.
                      > His house is fine so far. He will go today to Naivasha. He is very keen
                      > to try out the football idea. The Red Cross volunteers were interested
                      > but jittery. He will be a referee for the games and he can organize
                      > them simply among the youth of the same tribe, such as the Kikuyus, and
                      > give them an alternative to roadblocking, and then they might play a Red
                      > Cross team. Perhaps the Red Cross could play both sides which would
                      > then add an element of sport to see who can play better against the Red
                      > Cross. I am sending Ron $100, half for his own needs (thank you for
                      > your sacrifices!), and half for him to use as he thinks best.
                      > Go, team!
                      >
                      > Andrius
                      >
                      >
                      > Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                      >
                      >> Janet, I suggest you call Rachel +254 721 626 389 directly, that would
                      >> be great what you might dream up. I spoke with Rachel briefly that I
                      >> will send the money and we will be in touch how to use it. I told her
                      >> that her work is our priority now.
                      >>
                      >> Rachel confirmed my analysis, that my suspicions are well founded and
                      >> reasonable. The violent Mungikis have come to Nairobi because their
                      >> protectors are there. The protectors of the various tribal gangs are in
                      >> both the ruling party and the opposition party and they collude with
                      >> each other to foment violence as they benefit from it. They are at the
                      >> root of the violence.
                      >>
                      >> Rachel also gave news that the Mungiki violence in Nairobi has come to a
                      >> stop because of the intervention of some of the Kikuyu leaders.
                      >>
                      >> Some violence is instinctive self-defence; this is accepted. Some
                      >> violence is born of rage; this is forgotten over time. Some violence is
                      >> a tit-for-tat feud, fueled by injustice; this is quelched by acts of
                      >> good will that open the way for love. Some violence is the calculus of
                      >> a soul lost among demons; can we find such a soul and free it? We have
                      >> accepted violence, we have forgotten violence, we have quelched violence
                      >> and we will free our souls of violence.
                      >>
                      >> Janet, you are right in what you write. Your message is of lasting
                      >> importance. I have focused on the fact that we can have immediate
                      >> impact, but what matters more is that we can have lasting impact. We
                      >> are together in this world which has chosen historical favorites, but we
                      >> can create a world which favors all of us for who we are. We legitimize
                      >> a currency that leaves people unemployed and thus vulnerable, but we can
                      >> create a love that cherishes the sensitivity of the vulnerable and is
                      >> guided by them to respond.
                      >>
                      >> Good night and good morning,
                      >>
                      >> Andrius
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>> Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
                      >>> empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
                      >>> Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
                      >>> use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
                      >>> :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
                      >>> morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
                      >>> if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
                      >>> If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
                      >>> tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
                      >>> Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
                      >>> Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
                      >>> Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
                      >>> Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
                      >>>
                      >>> Janet Feldman wrote:
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>> Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
                      >>>>
                      >>>> This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                      >>>> eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                      >>>> on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                      >>>> most pressing and important.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                      >>>> major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                      >>>> grow.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                      >>>> needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                      >>>> tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                      >>>> political affiliation as "the problem".
                      >>>>
                      >>>> The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                      >>>> the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                      >>>> important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                      >>>> others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                      >>>> HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                      >>>> appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                      >>>> deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                      >>>> seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                      >>>> on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
                      >>>> peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                      >>>> for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                      >>>> grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                      >>>> to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                      >>>> giant leap forward in that regard.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                      >>>> (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                      >>>> what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                      >>>> situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                      >>>> (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                      >>>> first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                      >>>> displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                      >>>> conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                      >>>> violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                      >>>> is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                      >>>> opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                      >>>> need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                      >>>> heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                      >>>> meet for peace.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                      >>>> and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                      >>>> collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                      >>>> you every step of the way.
                      >>>>
                      >>>> With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                      >>>> and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>> ----- Original Message -----
                      >>>> From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                      >>>> To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                      >>>> <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                      >>>> "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                      >>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                      >>>> Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>>
                      >>>>> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                      >>>>> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                      >>>>> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                      >>>>> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                      >>>>> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                      >>>>> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                      >>>>> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                      >>>>> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                      >>>>> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                      >>>>> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                      >>>>> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                      >>>>> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                      >>>>> involved in the decisions affecting them.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                      >>>>> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                      >>>>> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                      >>>>> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                      >>>>> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                      >>>>> efforts:
                      >>>>> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                      >>>>> * share your thoughts with those around you
                      >>>>> * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
                      >>>>> letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
                      >>>>> * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                      >>>>> there
                      >>>>> * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
                      >>>>> http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                      >>>>> they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
                      >>>>> * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
                      >>>>> encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
                      >>>>> them text messages
                      >>>>> * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
                      >>>>> barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
                      >>>>> * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
                      >>>>> Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
                      >>>>> bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
                      >>>>> join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
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                      >>>>> they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
                      >>>>> * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
                      >>>>> http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
                      >>>>> * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
                      >>>>> https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
                      >>>>> * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
                      >>>>> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
                      >>>>> * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
                      >>>>> part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
                      >>>>> value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                      >>>>> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                      >>>>> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                      >>>>> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                      >>>>> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                      >>>>> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                      >>>>> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                      >>>>> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                      >>>>> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                      >>>>> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                      >>>>> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                      >>>>> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                      >>>>> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                      >>>>> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                      >>>>> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                      >>>>> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                      >>>>> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                      >>>>> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                      >>>>> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                      >>>>> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                      >>>>> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                      >>>>> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                      >>>>> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                      >>>>> recruitment as thugs.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                      >>>>> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                      >>>>> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                      >>>>> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                      >>>>> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                      >>>>> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                      >>>>> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                      >>>>> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                      >>>>> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                      >>>>> undone.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                      >>>>> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                      >>>>> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                      >>>>> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                      >>>>> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                      >>>>> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                      >>>>> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                      >>>>> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                      >>>>> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                      >>>>> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                      >>>>> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                      >>>>> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                      >>>>> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                      >>>>> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                      >>>>> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                      >>>>> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                      >>>>> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                      >>>>> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                      >>>>> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                      >>>>> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                      >>>>> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                      >>>>> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                      >>>>> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                      >>>>> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                      >>>>> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                      >>>>> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                      >>>>> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                      >>>>> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                      >>>>> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                      >>>>> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                      >>>>> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                      >>>>> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                      >>>>> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                      >>>>> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                      >>>>> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                      >>>>> to clear our past and free our future.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                      >>>>> and every day after, as available.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                      >>>>> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                      >>>>> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                      >>>>> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                      >>>>> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                      >>>>> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                      >>>>> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                      >>>>> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                      >>>>> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                      >>>>> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                      >>>>> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                      >>>>> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                      >>>>> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                      >>>>> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                      >>>>> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                      >>>>> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                      >>>>> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                      >>>>> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                      >>>>> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                      >>>>> Welcome!
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                      >>>>> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                      >>>>> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                      >>>>> are transforming our world.
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                      >>>>> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                      >>>>> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                      >>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Thank you all!
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Andrius
                      >>>>>
                      >>>>> Andrius Kulikauskas
                      >>>>> Minciu Sodas
                      >>>>> http://www.ms.lt
                      >>>>> ms@...
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                    • Denis Kimambo
                      Dear All I traveled safely to Nairobi with no road blocks on the road and i am now safe in Nairobi, before leaving Nakuru we had organized a lorry paying
                      Message 10 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                        Dear All
                         I traveled safely to Nairobi with no road blocks on the road and i am now safe in Nairobi, before leaving Nakuru we had organized a lorry paying 14,000 Ksh for a big lorry to transport several families to Kisumu they did not want to stay at the camp, as they were very disturbed and they left for kisumu an hour after i started my journey to Nairobi, Collins Oduor headed the work and he is trying to get more funds to transport more, also we did manage to send money to people displaced in Naivasha and they have arrived in Kisumu safely,  Collins will be sending pictures to the forum.

                        Humanity Before Politics

                        Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
                        Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,

                        This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                        eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                        on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                        most pressing and important.

                        There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                        major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                        grow.

                        One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                        needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                        tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                        political affiliation as "the problem".

                        The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                        the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                        important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.

                        Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                        others), poverty, lack of opportunity- education- hope, ethnic clashes,
                        HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                        appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                        deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.

                        This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                        seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.

                        It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                        on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution" ,
                        peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                        for--immediately- -is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                        grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                        to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                        giant leap forward in that regard.

                        The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                        (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                        what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                        situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                        (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.

                        Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                        first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                        displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                        conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                        violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                        is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                        opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                        need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.

                        It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                        heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                        meet for peace.

                        Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                        and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                        collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                        you every step of the way.

                        With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                        and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet

                        ----- Original Message -----
                        From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                        To: "help group" <holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com>;
                        <mendenyo@yahoogroup s.com>; <fightingpeacefully@ yahoogroups. com>;
                        "learningfromeachot her" <learningfromeachoth er@yahoogroups. com>
                        Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                        Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!

                        > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                        > day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                        > team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                        > their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                        > to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                        > agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                        > organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                        > Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                        > wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                        > permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                        > others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                        > leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                        > involved in the decisions affecting them.
                        >
                        > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                        > where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                        > elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                        > Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                        > prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                        >
                        > I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                        > efforts:
                        > * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                        > * share your thoughts with those around you
                        > * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramido fpeace.net or to this
                        > letter up at http://www.africane ws.com/site/ list_topics/ 408
                        > * chat with us at http://www.worknets .org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                        > there
                        > * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
                        > http://www.ms. lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                        > they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
                        > * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?HelpKenyans to
                        > encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
                        > them text messages
                        > * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
                        > barter, try https://www. kikwe.com or http://www.mamamike s.com
                        > * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
                        > Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
                        > bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
                        > join us at our chat room http://www.worknets .org/chat/
                        > * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
                        > they may have http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenyans
                        > * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
                        > http://www.pyramido fpeace.net
                        > * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
                        > https://www. bmycharity. com/cawd
                        > * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
                        > contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
                        > * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
                        > part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
                        > value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer .org
                        >
                        > Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                        > Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                        > but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                        > to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                        > which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                        > from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                        > talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                        > clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                        > conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                        > people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                        > cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                        > or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                        > organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                        > not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                        > them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                        > meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                        > confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                        > publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                        >
                        > Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                        > They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                        > together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                        > hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                        > counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                        > might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                        > recruitment as thugs.
                        >
                        > Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                        > Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                        > not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                        > have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                        > effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                        > using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                        > $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                        > declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                        > dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                        > undone.
                        >
                        > Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                        > Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                        > think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                        > gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                        >
                        > Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                        > (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                        > +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                        > donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                        > and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                        > reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                        > respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                        > great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                        > speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                        > telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                        > little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                        >
                        > Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                        > light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                        > first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                        > and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                        > sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                        > They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                        > is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                        > upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                        > they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                        > come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                        > imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                        > rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                        > which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                        > opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                        > at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                        > around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                        > not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                        > who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                        > unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                        > can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                        > wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                        > listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                        > to clear our past and free our future.
                        >
                        > I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                        > and every day after, as available.
                        >
                        > Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                        > action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                        > wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                        > Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                        > Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                        > Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                        >
                        > Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                        > that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                        > concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                        > it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                        > and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                        > that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                        > the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                        > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                        > Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                        > +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                        > Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                        > Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                        > +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                        > 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                        > Welcome!
                        >
                        > Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                        > the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                        > helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                        > are transforming our world.
                        >
                        > A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                        > whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                        > reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                        > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/fightingpe acefully/
                        >
                        > Thank you all!
                        >
                        > Andrius
                        >
                        > Andrius Kulikauskas
                        > Minciu Sodas
                        > http://www.ms. lt
                        > ms@...
                        > +370 699 30003
                        > Vilnius, Lithuania
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                      • Janet Feldman
                        Dear All, Excellent news abt Rachel and Ron! Yes, GO TEAM! Since you and Rachel have spoken abt her needs already, Andrius, it doesn t seem like there is
                        Message 11 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                          Dear All,

                          Excellent news abt Rachel and Ron! Yes, GO TEAM! Since you and Rachel have
                          spoken abt her needs already, Andrius, it doesn't seem like there is
                          anything of substance to confer or give input about. How much of the budget
                          will be needed for cellphones and airtime?

                          Rachel had also mentioned ads in newspapers, which can spread the word abt
                          this wonderful victory quickly and to many people. That seems like a great
                          thing to do. However, a used laptop also seems essential, so Rachel can be
                          up-to-the-minute in communications.

                          Why don't you proceed along the lines of doing what you think is best,
                          Rachel, and I'm sure it will be fine.

                          With blessings and love, Janet





                          ----- Original Message -----
                          From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                          To: <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:50 AM
                          Subject: [holistichelping] Re: Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!/growing
                          peace, understanding roots


                          >I spoke with Rachel again. The priorities now for her money are:
                          > 1) Send airtime to the Mungikis in Naivasha who have joined our Pyramid
                          > of Peace.
                          > 2) Purchase things like cellphones for them.
                          > 3) We'll wait to talk with Janet before buying any laptop.
                          >
                          > I spoke with Ronald Odhiambo in Nakuru. Things are much calmer there.
                          > His house is fine so far. He will go today to Naivasha. He is very keen
                          > to try out the football idea. The Red Cross volunteers were interested
                          > but jittery. He will be a referee for the games and he can organize
                          > them simply among the youth of the same tribe, such as the Kikuyus, and
                          > give them an alternative to roadblocking, and then they might play a Red
                          > Cross team. Perhaps the Red Cross could play both sides which would
                          > then add an element of sport to see who can play better against the Red
                          > Cross. I am sending Ron $100, half for his own needs (thank you for
                          > your sacrifices!), and half for him to use as he thinks best.
                          > Go, team!
                          >
                          > Andrius
                          >
                          >
                          > Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                          >> Janet, I suggest you call Rachel +254 721 626 389 directly, that would
                          >> be great what you might dream up. I spoke with Rachel briefly that I
                          >> will send the money and we will be in touch how to use it. I told her
                          >> that her work is our priority now.
                          >>
                          >> Rachel confirmed my analysis, that my suspicions are well founded and
                          >> reasonable. The violent Mungikis have come to Nairobi because their
                          >> protectors are there. The protectors of the various tribal gangs are in
                          >> both the ruling party and the opposition party and they collude with
                          >> each other to foment violence as they benefit from it. They are at the
                          >> root of the violence.
                          >>
                          >> Rachel also gave news that the Mungiki violence in Nairobi has come to a
                          >> stop because of the intervention of some of the Kikuyu leaders.
                          >>
                          >> Some violence is instinctive self-defence; this is accepted. Some
                          >> violence is born of rage; this is forgotten over time. Some violence is
                          >> a tit-for-tat feud, fueled by injustice; this is quelched by acts of
                          >> good will that open the way for love. Some violence is the calculus of
                          >> a soul lost among demons; can we find such a soul and free it? We have
                          >> accepted violence, we have forgotten violence, we have quelched violence
                          >> and we will free our souls of violence.
                          >>
                          >> Janet, you are right in what you write. Your message is of lasting
                          >> importance. I have focused on the fact that we can have immediate
                          >> impact, but what matters more is that we can have lasting impact. We
                          >> are together in this world which has chosen historical favorites, but we
                          >> can create a world which favors all of us for who we are. We legitimize
                          >> a currency that leaves people unemployed and thus vulnerable, but we can
                          >> create a love that cherishes the sensitivity of the vulnerable and is
                          >> guided by them to respond.
                          >>
                          >> Good night and good morning,
                          >>
                          >> Andrius
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
                          >>
                          >>> Janet, Thank you for your letter which expands my understanding and
                          >>> empathy. I have received your donation $1,000. "Here is a donation for
                          >>> Rachel's work, and of course our own. Let's confer and confirm how to
                          >>> use that for best effect (ie laptop, ads, airtime...all of the above
                          >>> :)). Greatest thanks, and love, Janet". I will send it out this
                          >>> morning to Rachel with your instruction to confer. I can call you now
                          >>> if you like (please remind me your number) and I am at +370 699 30003.
                          >>> If we don't hear from you, then I will ask her to keep a good chunk for
                          >>> tomorrow until we can. I haven't received any other donations yet.
                          >>> Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you also to David Sasaki of
                          >>> Rising Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org for endorsing our Pyramid of
                          >>> Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net in your latest newsletter! Andrius
                          >>> Kulikauskas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
                          >>>
                          >>> Janet Feldman wrote:
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>> Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
                          >>>>
                          >>>> This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears
                          >>>> to my
                          >>>> eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for
                          >>>> use
                          >>>> on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever
                          >>>> seems
                          >>>> most pressing and important.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure
                          >>>> this
                          >>>> major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root
                          >>>> and
                          >>>> grow.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this
                          >>>> conflict
                          >>>> needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we
                          >>>> may be
                          >>>> tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                          >>>> political affiliation as "the problem".
                          >>>>
                          >>>> The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further
                          >>>> back,
                          >>>> the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                          >>>> important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes
                          >>>> over
                          >>>> others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                          >>>> HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face
                          >>>> what
                          >>>> appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder
                          >>>> there is
                          >>>> deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we
                          >>>> have
                          >>>> seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is
                          >>>> going
                          >>>> on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see
                          >>>> "resolution",
                          >>>> peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                          >>>> for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to
                          >>>> address
                          >>>> grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent
                          >>>> means
                          >>>> to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have
                          >>>> made a
                          >>>> giant leap forward in that regard.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this
                          >>>> conflict
                          >>>> (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened,
                          >>>> and
                          >>>> what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                          >>>> situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                          >>>> (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were
                          >>>> the
                          >>>> first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                          >>>> displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                          >>>> conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads
                          >>>> to
                          >>>> violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to
                          >>>> violence
                          >>>> is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                          >>>> opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                          >>>> need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to
                          >>>> be
                          >>>> heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree
                          >>>> to
                          >>>> meet for peace.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread
                          >>>> far
                          >>>> and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                          >>>> collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are
                          >>>> with
                          >>>> you every step of the way.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage,
                          >>>> hope,
                          >>>> and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>> ----- Original Message -----
                          >>>> From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                          >>>> To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                          >>>> <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                          >>>> "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                          >>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                          >>>> Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                          >>>>> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing.
                          >>>>> Her
                          >>>>> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have
                          >>>>> given
                          >>>>> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace
                          >>>>> and
                          >>>>> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                          >>>>> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                          >>>>> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from
                          >>>>> the
                          >>>>> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards,
                          >>>>> they
                          >>>>> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                          >>>>> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins
                          >>>>> and
                          >>>>> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the
                          >>>>> opposition
                          >>>>> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                          >>>>> involved in the decisions affecting them.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to
                          >>>>> Eldoret
                          >>>>> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                          >>>>> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                          >>>>> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is
                          >>>>> well
                          >>>>> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                          >>>>> efforts:
                          >>>>> * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
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                          >>>>> this
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                          >>>>> contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
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                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                          >>>>> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                          >>>>> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women
                          >>>>> not
                          >>>>> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas
                          >>>>> (dresses),
                          >>>>> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                          >>>>> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                          >>>>> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                          >>>>> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                          >>>>> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                          >>>>> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                          >>>>> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                          >>>>> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they
                          >>>>> will
                          >>>>> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                          >>>>> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                          >>>>> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                          >>>>> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                          >>>>> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                          >>>>> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                          >>>>> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                          >>>>> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give
                          >>>>> them
                          >>>>> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                          >>>>> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so
                          >>>>> they
                          >>>>> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable
                          >>>>> to
                          >>>>> recruitment as thugs.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                          >>>>> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                          >>>>> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis
                          >>>>> who
                          >>>>> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                          >>>>> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                          >>>>> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or
                          >>>>> used
                          >>>>> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                          >>>>> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                          >>>>> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't
                          >>>>> be
                          >>>>> undone.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                          >>>>> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                          >>>>> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                          >>>>> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                          >>>>> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                          >>>>> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                          >>>>> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and
                          >>>>> Lous
                          >>>>> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                          >>>>> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                          >>>>> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                          >>>>> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                          >>>>> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                          >>>>> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                          >>>>> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                          >>>>> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                          >>>>> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if
                          >>>>> they
                          >>>>> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for
                          >>>>> the
                          >>>>> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                          >>>>> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                          >>>>> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                          >>>>> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support,
                          >>>>> and
                          >>>>> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why
                          >>>>> they
                          >>>>> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                          >>>>> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police
                          >>>>> are
                          >>>>> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                          >>>>> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                          >>>>> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the
                          >>>>> massacre
                          >>>>> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                          >>>>> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                          >>>>> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those
                          >>>>> leaders
                          >>>>> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                          >>>>> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi
                          >>>>> we
                          >>>>> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                          >>>>> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                          >>>>> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                          >>>>> to clear our past and free our future.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow
                          >>>>> morning,
                          >>>>> and every day after, as available.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                          >>>>> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                          >>>>> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                          >>>>> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo,
                          >>>>> Josephat,
                          >>>>> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                          >>>>> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                          >>>>> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                          >>>>> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                          >>>>> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my
                          >>>>> own
                          >>>>> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a
                          >>>>> culture
                          >>>>> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who
                          >>>>> take
                          >>>>> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                          >>>>> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275,
                          >>>>> Jackton
                          >>>>> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                          >>>>> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                          >>>>> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                          >>>>> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom
                          >>>>> Ochuka
                          >>>>> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu
                          >>>>> +254
                          >>>>> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                          >>>>> Welcome!
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                          >>>>> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                          >>>>> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                          >>>>> are transforming our world.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                          >>>>> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                          >>>>> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                          >>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Thank you all!
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> Andrius
                          >>>>>
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                        • Janet Feldman
                          Dear Friends, Today in many forums where Kenyans on all persuasions are talking, there is wide disagreement about the killing of the second MP, as there was
                          Message 12 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                            Dear Friends,

                            Today in many forums where Kenyans on all persuasions are talking, there is
                            wide disagreement about the killing of the second MP, as there was about the
                            first MP killed, Mugabe Were. Some blame a love triangle in this second
                            case, disguised as a political hit.

                            In Were's case, there is also huge disagreement: some people think he was
                            killed by his own party because he was rumored to be defecting to PNU, or
                            simply because he was a peacemaker. Some think the motive was a disaffected
                            loser in the election, someone who wanted Were's seat in parliament. Some
                            think it was more personal: that he was fairly well off financially, or
                            that he and his wife were from different ethnic groups.

                            The violence which is purely politically-motivated or connected--by which I
                            mean stemming from the election--is one thread of a larger tapestry. That
                            may actually be easier to address in some ways, depending on how the
                            political situation evolves.

                            However, even that is "complicated": the government says the violence is
                            being fomented by "hooligans", and this is the reason for the police
                            crackdown. The head of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights--whose
                            life has been threatened--says that the police are confronting peaceful
                            protestors with the same tactics that the British colonial police used. It
                            is purported that the army has not been called in because many are ODM
                            supporters.

                            The other, older roots--land issues, economic disparities, ethnic
                            disparities in the socio-economic sphere--these will take longer to address.
                            Ultimately they will need to be addressed before true "peace"--which is much
                            more than the cessation of violence--is established.

                            There are two analogies which might be helpful here: the roots of a tree,
                            which are many, and an iceberg, which has a tip--politics in this case being
                            the visible tip--and the invisible mass underneath, unseen yet which can
                            have "titanic" consequences (the boat in this case being a reference to the
                            ship-of-state, or the state of the nation, in this case).

                            There are some very insightful articles in the Christian Science during the
                            past few days, discussing all of these issues:

                            http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0130/p01s01-woaf.html ("How Can Kenya Avoid
                            Ethnic War?")http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0131/p08s01-comv.html ("Ways to
                            End Kenya's Killings")
                            http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0129/p01s04-woaf.html ("How Kenya Came
                            Undone")
                            http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0130/p13s01-woaf.htm ("One Man Helps Moderates
                            Tackle the Roots of Kenya's Ethnic Rifts")

                            http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0129/p12s01-woaf.html ("Kenya's Famous Mungiki
                            Sect Gears Up For Reprisals")

                            An excerpt (the person quoted, btw, used to be director of FEMNET in
                            Nairobi, a woman-focused ICTs nonprofit):

                            "Unlike spontaneous violence between neighbors, organized militias like the
                            Mungiki sect have the capability and motivation to keep the murderous cycle
                            of revenge attacks going for weeks.

                            "'Initially, we were seeing three kinds of violence, says Muthoni Wanyeki,
                            executive director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. Disorganized
                            violence in villages tended to rise up suddenly, but fizzle out quickly.
                            Organized militias - with paid, motivated members - have kept the violence
                            going and have largely led the charge in expelling minority ethnic groups by
                            force. Police use of extreme force - live bullets rather than water cannons
                            or tear gas - has also stirred ethnic passions.

                            A fourth type of violence has now emerged, as displaced people carry back
                            stories of horror and spur on calls of revenge in communities that had
                            previously been peaceful. "Now we are seeing a communal response in areas
                            where it has not happened before," says Ms. Wanyeki.

                            Here is an excerpt related to the immediate and longer-term challenges:

                            "Annan is right to think short- and long-term about the talks ahead. The
                            election debacle can't be put off. A recount is not technically possible.
                            That means a power-sharing agreement until new, fair elections can be held.
                            Beyond that, Kenya must address the political and economic imbalance that
                            has favored the Kikuyu for decades. This can't happen without a rewrite of
                            the Constitution, which indulges a presidency with impunity. And there must
                            be a trustworthy process to settle land disputes, which are at the heart of
                            the Rift Valley turmoil. "

                            "'This crisis can be an opportunity,' says Waiganjo Kamotho, a Nairobi
                            attorney and political commentator, 'because it forces us as a country to
                            resolve problems we have refused, and the government has refused, to
                            consider as priorities.'"

                            This last point may be the silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud:
                            crisis as opportunity to make needed changes. We hope and pray that the
                            violent aspects of the crisis can be contained from here on out, and that
                            changes will happen--perhaps not without some conflict--in a nonviolent and
                            productive way.

                            With love and blessings, Janet
                          • Janet Feldman
                            Dear Dennis and Collins, Bravo for this wonderful work, and your need is being noted. Josephine of Hope Kenya wrote on the same subject. What is the amount you
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                              Dear Dennis and Collins,
                               
                              Bravo for this wonderful work, and your need is being noted. Josephine of Hope Kenya wrote on the same subject. What is the amount you estimate you might need?
                               
                              Thanks much and blessings, Janet
                               
                               
                               
                              ----- Original Message -----
                              Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:44 AM
                              Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!/growing peace, understanding roots

                              Dear All
                               I traveled safely to Nairobi with no road blocks on the road and i am now safe in Nairobi, before leaving Nakuru we had organized a lorry paying 14,000 Ksh for a big lorry to transport several families to Kisumu they did not want to stay at the camp, as they were very disturbed and they left for kisumu an hour after i started my journey to Nairobi, Collins Oduor headed the work and he is trying to get more funds to transport more, also we did manage to send money to people displaced in Naivasha and they have arrived in Kisumu safely,  Collins will be sending pictures to the forum.

                              Humanity Before Politics

                              Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
                              Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,

                              This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                              eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                              on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                              most pressing and important.

                              There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                              major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                              grow.

                              One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                              needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                              tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                              political affiliation as "the problem".

                              The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                              the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                              important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.

                              Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                              others), poverty, lack of opportunity- education- hope, ethnic clashes,
                              HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                              appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                              deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.

                              This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                              seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.

                              It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                              on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution" ,
                              peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                              for--immediately- -is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                              grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                              to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                              giant leap forward in that regard.

                              The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                              (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                              what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                              situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                              (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.

                              Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                              first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                              displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                              conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                              violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                              is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                              opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                              need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.

                              It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                              heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                              meet for peace.

                              Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                              and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                              collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                              you every step of the way.

                              With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                              and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet

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                              Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                              Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!

                              > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                              > day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                              > team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                              > their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                              > to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                              > agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                              > organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                              > Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                              > wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                              > permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                              > others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                              > leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                              > involved in the decisions affecting them.
                              >
                              > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                              > where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                              > elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                              > Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                              > prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                              >
                              > I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                              > efforts:
                              > * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                              > * share your thoughts with those around you
                              > * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramido fpeace.net or to this
                              > letter up at http://www.africane ws.com/site/ list_topics/ 408
                              > * chat with us at http://www.worknets .org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                              > there
                              > * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
                              > http://www.ms. lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                              > they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
                              > * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?HelpKenyans to
                              > encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
                              > them text messages
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                              >
                              > Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                              > Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                              > but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                              > to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                              > which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                              > from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                              > talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                              > clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                              > conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                              > people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                              > cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                              > or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                              > organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                              > not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                              > them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                              > meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                              > confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                              > publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                              >
                              > Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                              > They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                              > together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                              > hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                              > counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                              > might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                              > recruitment as thugs.
                              >
                              > Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                              > Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                              > not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                              > have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                              > effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                              > using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                              > $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                              > declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                              > dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                              > undone.
                              >
                              > Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                              > Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                              > think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                              > gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                              >
                              > Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                              > (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                              > +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                              > donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                              > and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                              > reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                              > respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                              > great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                              > speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                              > telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                              > little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                              >
                              > Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                              > light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                              > first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                              > and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                              > sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                              > They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                              > is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                              > upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                              > they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                              > come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                              > imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                              > rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                              > which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                              > opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                              > at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                              > around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                              > not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                              > who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                              > unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                              > can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                              > wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                              > listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                              > to clear our past and free our future.
                              >
                              > I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                              > and every day after, as available.
                              >
                              > Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                              > action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                              > wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                              > Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                              > Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                              > Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                              >
                              > Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                              > that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                              > concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                              > it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                              > and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                              > that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                              > the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                              > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                              > Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                              > +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                              > Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                              > Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                              > +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                              > 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                              > Welcome!
                              >
                              > Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                              > the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                              > helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                              > are transforming our world.
                              >
                              > A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                              > whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                              > reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                              > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/fightingpe acefully/
                              >
                              > Thank you all!
                              >
                              > Andrius
                              >
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                            • Denis Kimambo
                              What the local guys at those camps and in the street is seeing in the two killings is that the government does not have the numbers in paliament so they are
                              Message 14 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                                What the local guys at those camps and in the street is seeing in the two killings is that the government does not have the numbers in paliament so they are eliminating the opposition votes, i have been talking t many Kikuyu touts at the stage here in Nairobi, what they are saying is that Kikuyus have been patient for very many years with Kalenjins, they dont have a problem with Raila Odinga but they are saying William Ruto the Eldoet North(correct me if am wrong) is the guy behing the killings, my question to them has been then why are Kikuyus targeting Luo's they have not answered and they started talking to hemselves about this.
                                 
                                Humanity Before Politics

                                Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
                                Dear Friends,

                                Today in many forums where Kenyans on all persuasions are talking, there is
                                wide disagreement about the killing of the second MP, as there was about the
                                first MP killed, Mugabe Were. Some blame a love triangle in this second
                                case, disguised as a political hit.

                                In Were's case, there is also huge disagreement: some people think he was
                                killed by his own party because he was rumored to be defecting to PNU, or
                                simply because he was a peacemaker. Some think the motive was a disaffected
                                loser in the election, someone who wanted Were's seat in parliament. Some
                                think it was more personal: that he was fairly well off financially, or
                                that he and his wife were from different ethnic groups.

                                The violence which is purely politically- motivated or connected--by which I
                                mean stemming from the election--is one thread of a larger tapestry. That
                                may actually be easier to address in some ways, depending on how the
                                political situation evolves.

                                However, even that is "complicated" : the government says the violence is
                                being fomented by "hooligans", and this is the reason for the police
                                crackdown. The head of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights--whose
                                life has been threatened-- says that the police are confronting peaceful
                                protestors with the same tactics that the British colonial police used. It
                                is purported that the army has not been called in because many are ODM
                                supporters.

                                The other, older roots--land issues, economic disparities, ethnic
                                disparities in the socio-economic sphere--these will take longer to address.
                                Ultimately they will need to be addressed before true "peace"--which is much
                                more than the cessation of violence--is established.

                                There are two analogies which might be helpful here: the roots of a tree,
                                which are many, and an iceberg, which has a tip--politics in this case being
                                the visible tip--and the invisible mass underneath, unseen yet which can
                                have "titanic" consequences (the boat in this case being a reference to the
                                ship-of-state, or the state of the nation, in this case).

                                There are some very insightful articles in the Christian Science during the
                                past few days, discussing all of these issues:

                                http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p01s01- woaf.html ("How Can Kenya Avoid
                                Ethnic War?")http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0131/p08s01- comv.html ("Ways to
                                End Kenya's Killings")
                                http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p01s04- woaf.html ("How Kenya Came
                                Undone")
                                http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p13s01- woaf.htm ("One Man Helps Moderates
                                Tackle the Roots of Kenya's Ethnic Rifts")

                                http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p12s01- woaf.html ("Kenya's Famous Mungiki
                                Sect Gears Up For Reprisals")

                                An excerpt (the person quoted, btw, used to be director of FEMNET in
                                Nairobi, a woman-focused ICTs nonprofit):

                                "Unlike spontaneous violence between neighbors, organized militias like the
                                Mungiki sect have the capability and motivation to keep the murderous cycle
                                of revenge attacks going for weeks.

                                "'Initially, we were seeing three kinds of violence, says Muthoni Wanyeki,
                                executive director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. Disorganized
                                violence in villages tended to rise up suddenly, but fizzle out quickly.
                                Organized militias - with paid, motivated members - have kept the violence
                                going and have largely led the charge in expelling minority ethnic groups by
                                force. Police use of extreme force - live bullets rather than water cannons
                                or tear gas - has also stirred ethnic passions.

                                A fourth type of violence has now emerged, as displaced people carry back
                                stories of horror and spur on calls of revenge in communities that had
                                previously been peaceful. "Now we are seeing a communal response in areas
                                where it has not happened before," says Ms. Wanyeki.

                                Here is an excerpt related to the immediate and longer-term challenges:

                                "Annan is right to think short- and long-term about the talks ahead. The
                                election debacle can't be put off. A recount is not technically possible.
                                That means a power-sharing agreement until new, fair elections can be held.
                                Beyond that, Kenya must address the political and economic imbalance that
                                has favored the Kikuyu for decades. This can't happen without a rewrite of
                                the Constitution, which indulges a presidency with impunity. And there must
                                be a trustworthy process to settle land disputes, which are at the heart of
                                the Rift Valley turmoil. "

                                "'This crisis can be an opportunity, ' says Waiganjo Kamotho, a Nairobi
                                attorney and political commentator, 'because it forces us as a country to
                                resolve problems we have refused, and the government has refused, to
                                consider as priorities.' "

                                This last point may be the silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud:
                                crisis as opportunity to make needed changes. We hope and pray that the
                                violent aspects of the crisis can be contained from here on out, and that
                                changes will happen--perhaps not without some conflict--in a nonviolent and
                                productive way.

                                With love and blessings, Janet




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                              • Janet Feldman
                                Dear Dennis and All, Yes, that s what some are saying in the forums too. Also there is much talk of William Ruto, and some of it seems to point to him being
                                Message 15 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                                  Dear Dennis and All,
                                   
                                  Yes, that's what some are saying in the forums too.  Also there is much talk of William Ruto, and some of it seems to point to him being involved directly in the fomenting of violence.
                                   
                                  An article yesterday in a forum described how Kisumu has been largely emptied of Kikuyus, because they were targeted with such savagery in the immediate aftermath of the election. Kikuyus were the ones who were targeted and died in Kibera in the early days, and other acts of violence against them took place elsewhere. In Kibera, at any rate, Luos seemed to be predominantly responsible, according to reports.
                                   
                                  This has been the reason, many analysts say, for the revenge attacks now by Kikuyus. The Mungiki see themselves as the guardians of their people (defined by tribe), staving off genocide by instilling fear due to their violent behavior and acts.
                                   
                                  Apparently there has been hate speech on the radio and in other communications--this may be part of a more organized campaign--which has stirred things up even more. Perhaps some Kikuyus hearing these messages have responded as did the Hutu against the Tutsis in Rwanda...strike out at other ethnicities, because they have injured us.
                                   
                                  It's great that you are talking with people and that they are responding by questioning what is happening, and hopefully what they are doing. If they can get back to a place of thinking and perceiving more like "Kenyans"--ie we may have challenges and problems, but we are one people too--they may be less prone to perceive those of other ethnicities as enemies, and therefore less prone to killing or injuring them in some way (then again, "Americans" may feel like one people in some ways, but we kill each other for a pair of sneakers or a "wrong" look).
                                   
                                  With greatest thanks for your work and for your peaceful and courageous spirit! Janet
                                  ----- Original Message -----
                                  Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:04 PM
                                  Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Growing Peace, Understanding Roots, Crisis as Opportunity

                                  What the local guys at those camps and in the street is seeing in the two killings is that the government does not have the numbers in paliament so they are eliminating the opposition votes, i have been talking t many Kikuyu touts at the stage here in Nairobi, what they are saying is that Kikuyus have been patient for very many years with Kalenjins, they dont have a problem with Raila Odinga but they are saying William Ruto the Eldoet North(correct me if am wrong) is the guy behing the killings, my question to them has been then why are Kikuyus targeting Luo's they have not answered and they started talking to hemselves about this.
                                   
                                  Humanity Before Politics

                                  Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
                                  Dear Friends,

                                  Today in many forums where Kenyans on all persuasions are talking, there is
                                  wide disagreement about the killing of the second MP, as there was about the
                                  first MP killed, Mugabe Were. Some blame a love triangle in this second
                                  case, disguised as a political hit.

                                  In Were's case, there is also huge disagreement: some people think he was
                                  killed by his own party because he was rumored to be defecting to PNU, or
                                  simply because he was a peacemaker. Some think the motive was a disaffected
                                  loser in the election, someone who wanted Were's seat in parliament. Some
                                  think it was more personal: that he was fairly well off financially, or
                                  that he and his wife were from different ethnic groups.

                                  The violence which is purely politically- motivated or connected--by which I
                                  mean stemming from the election--is one thread of a larger tapestry. That
                                  may actually be easier to address in some ways, depending on how the
                                  political situation evolves.

                                  However, even that is "complicated" : the government says the violence is
                                  being fomented by "hooligans", and this is the reason for the police
                                  crackdown. The head of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights--whose
                                  life has been threatened-- says that the police are confronting peaceful
                                  protestors with the same tactics that the British colonial police used. It
                                  is purported that the army has not been called in because many are ODM
                                  supporters.

                                  The other, older roots--land issues, economic disparities, ethnic
                                  disparities in the socio-economic sphere--these will take longer to address.
                                  Ultimately they will need to be addressed before true "peace"--which is much
                                  more than the cessation of violence--is established.

                                  There are two analogies which might be helpful here: the roots of a tree,
                                  which are many, and an iceberg, which has a tip--politics in this case being
                                  the visible tip--and the invisible mass underneath, unseen yet which can
                                  have "titanic" consequences (the boat in this case being a reference to the
                                  ship-of-state, or the state of the nation, in this case).

                                  There are some very insightful articles in the Christian Science during the
                                  past few days, discussing all of these issues:

                                  http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p01s01- woaf.html ("How Can Kenya Avoid
                                  Ethnic War?")http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0131/p08s01- comv.html ("Ways to
                                  End Kenya's Killings")
                                  http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p01s04- woaf.html ("How Kenya Came
                                  Undone")
                                  http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p13s01- woaf.htm ("One Man Helps Moderates
                                  Tackle the Roots of Kenya's Ethnic Rifts")

                                  http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p12s01- woaf.html ("Kenya's Famous Mungiki
                                  Sect Gears Up For Reprisals")

                                  An excerpt (the person quoted, btw, used to be director of FEMNET in
                                  Nairobi, a woman-focused ICTs nonprofit):

                                  "Unlike spontaneous violence between neighbors, organized militias like the
                                  Mungiki sect have the capability and motivation to keep the murderous cycle
                                  of revenge attacks going for weeks.

                                  "'Initially, we were seeing three kinds of violence, says Muthoni Wanyeki,
                                  executive director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. Disorganized
                                  violence in villages tended to rise up suddenly, but fizzle out quickly.
                                  Organized militias - with paid, motivated members - have kept the violence
                                  going and have largely led the charge in expelling minority ethnic groups by
                                  force. Police use of extreme force - live bullets rather than water cannons
                                  or tear gas - has also stirred ethnic passions.

                                  A fourth type of violence has now emerged, as displaced people carry back
                                  stories of horror and spur on calls of revenge in communities that had
                                  previously been peaceful. "Now we are seeing a communal response in areas
                                  where it has not happened before," says Ms. Wanyeki.

                                  Here is an excerpt related to the immediate and longer-term challenges:

                                  "Annan is right to think short- and long-term about the talks ahead. The
                                  election debacle can't be put off. A recount is not technically possible.
                                  That means a power-sharing agreement until new, fair elections can be held.
                                  Beyond that, Kenya must address the political and economic imbalance that
                                  has favored the Kikuyu for decades. This can't happen without a rewrite of
                                  the Constitution, which indulges a presidency with impunity. And there must
                                  be a trustworthy process to settle land disputes, which are at the heart of
                                  the Rift Valley turmoil. "

                                  "'This crisis can be an opportunity, ' says Waiganjo Kamotho, a Nairobi
                                  attorney and political commentator, 'because it forces us as a country to
                                  resolve problems we have refused, and the government has refused, to
                                  consider as priorities.' "

                                  This last point may be the silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud:
                                  crisis as opportunity to make needed changes. We hope and pray that the
                                  violent aspects of the crisis can be contained from here on out, and that
                                  changes will happen--perhaps not without some conflict--in a nonviolent and
                                  productive way.

                                  With love and blessings, Janet




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                                • Pamela McLean
                                  Janet I agree very much with your comments about stereotypes and use of language. We must be careful because the way we use words influences the way that we
                                  Message 16 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                                    Janet

                                    I agree very much with your comments about stereotypes and use of language.

                                    We must be careful because the way we use words influences the way that we think.

                                    For examples If we are talking about violent young men who are Kikuyus who are attacking people who are not Kikuyas at a particular location. I do not think we should mention the word Kikuyu. Instead we should say violent gangs at the location. Then we will start to think of angry young enemployed youths... or whatever.. as the  wider groups, rather than thinking of tribal groups as the wider groups.

                                    For another example: I do not think they should be called warriors,  because that glorifies what they are doing and makes them heroes.

                                    Similarly we should not put tribal labels on the displaced people, or any kind of victims.unless it is essential.  Let us tell stories of Kenyans who have been displaced.. Some people who have tribal allegiances may read the reports. It is best if they think "this is a bad thing to happen to a Kenyan". It is bad if they think "Aha - the victim was not my tribe - they probably deserve this fate" or if they think"This is terrible because this person is my tribe so I will go and avenge them."  

                                    Am I making sense with what I am trying to say here?

                                    Pam
                                    On 31/01/2008, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:

                                    Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,

                                    This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                                    eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                                    on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                                    most pressing and important.

                                    There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                                    major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                                    grow.

                                    One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                                    needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                                    tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                                    political affiliation as "the problem".

                                    The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                                    the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                                    important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.

                                    Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                                    others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                                    HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                                    appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                                    deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.

                                    This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                                    seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.

                                    It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                                    on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
                                    peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                                    for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                                    grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                                    to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                                    giant leap forward in that regard.

                                    The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                                    (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                                    what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                                    situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                                    (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.

                                    Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                                    first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                                    displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                                    conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                                    violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                                    is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                                    opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                                    need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.

                                    It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                                    heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                                    meet for peace.

                                    Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                                    and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                                    collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                                    you every step of the way.

                                    With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                                    and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet

                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                    From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                                    To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                                    <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                                    "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                                    Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                                    Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!

                                    > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                                    > day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                                    > team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                                    > their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                                    > to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                                    > agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                                    > organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                                    > Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                                    > wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                                    > permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                                    > others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                                    > leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                                    > involved in the decisions affecting them.
                                    >
                                    > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                                    > where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                                    > elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                                    > Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                                    > prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                                    >
                                    > I invite us all to transform ourselves into blessings and support our
                                    > efforts:
                                    > * pray to God (more miracles!) and/or send us your love
                                    > * share your thoughts with those around you
                                    > * highlight our work, point to http://www.pyramidofpeace.net or to this
                                    > letter up at http://www.africanews.com/site/list_topics/408
                                    > * chat with us at http://www.worknets.org/chat/ to help orient newcomers
                                    > there
                                    > * join one of our working groups where you can read our letters
                                    > http://www.ms.lt/news.php, write about your own interests and learn how
                                    > they connect with those in Kenya and elsewhere
                                    > * call Kenyans listed at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans to
                                    > encourage them, share their news, inform them, get to know them; send
                                    > them text messages
                                    > * purchase cell phone airtime for Kenyans which they can share or
                                    > barter, try https://www.kikwe.com or http://www.mamamikes.com
                                    > * learn how to use our online tools, including our wiki, to help move
                                    > Kenyans' reports from letters to wiki pages and then to journalists and
                                    > bloggers; we're dedicating Thursday, January 31 for such training so
                                    > join us at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
                                    > * be a buddy for a Kenyan to keep in touch and let us know what needs
                                    > they may have http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
                                    > * donate money by PayPal to ms@... or through the link at
                                    > http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
                                    > * donate money by credit card to CAWD through the link at
                                    > https://www.bmycharity.com/cawd
                                    > * wire 10,000 USD to Minciu Sodas or directly to our Kenyan team,
                                    > contact me at ms@... or +370 699 30003 for details
                                    > * be a friendly customer and fund work starting at $100 for one-month
                                    > part-time work to $300,000 and up for a team of 1,000... imagine the
                                    > value! and consider our Includer http://www.includer.org
                                    >
                                    > Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                                    > Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                                    > but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                                    > to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                                    > which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                                    > from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                                    > talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                                    > clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                                    > conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                                    > people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                                    > cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                                    > or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                                    > organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                                    > not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                                    > them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                                    > meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                                    > confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                                    > publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                                    >
                                    > Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                                    > They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                                    > together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                                    > hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                                    > counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                                    > might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                                    > recruitment as thugs.
                                    >
                                    > Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                                    > Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                                    > not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                                    > have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                                    > effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                                    > using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                                    > $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                                    > declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                                    > dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                                    > undone.
                                    >
                                    > Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                                    > Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                                    > think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                                    > gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                                    >
                                    > Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                                    > (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                                    > +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                                    > donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                                    > and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                                    > reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                                    > respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                                    > great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                                    > speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                                    > telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                                    > little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                                    >
                                    > Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                                    > light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                                    > first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                                    > and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                                    > sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                                    > They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                                    > is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                                    > upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                                    > they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                                    > come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                                    > imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                                    > rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                                    > which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                                    > opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                                    > at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                                    > around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                                    > not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                                    > who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                                    > unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                                    > can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                                    > wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                                    > listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                                    > to clear our past and free our future.
                                    >
                                    > I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                                    > and every day after, as available.
                                    >
                                    > Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                                    > action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                                    > wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                                    > Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                                    > Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                                    > Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                                    >
                                    > Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                                    > that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                                    > concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                                    > it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                                    > and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                                    > that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                                    > the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                                    > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                                    > Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                                    > +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                                    > Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                                    > Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                                    > +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                                    > 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                                    > Welcome!
                                    >
                                    > Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                                    > the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                                    > helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                                    > are transforming our world.
                                    >
                                    > A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                                    > whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                                    > reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                                    > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                                    >
                                    > Thank you all!
                                    >
                                    > Andrius
                                    >
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                                  • Janet Feldman
                                    Hello Dear Pam and All, Great to hear from you, and thanks so much for your feedback! You are very much on the same wavelength, yes (so either we re both
                                    Message 17 of 18 , Jan 31, 2008
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                                      Hello Dear Pam and All,
                                       
                                      Great to hear from you, and thanks so much for your feedback!  You are very much on the same wavelength, yes (so either we're both making sense, or "non-sense" has company, haha!!).
                                       
                                      Especially in conflict situations, perceptions and viewpoints tend to narrow:  people often tend to think "who is not with me is against me, I'm good and you're bad, if you are different from me, there's something wrong with you". This often keeps people from being able to see another's point of view. In fact, in conflict, the "mirror image" often operates:  "I'm not behaving like that person, who is behaving badly, I'm right and what I'm doing is OK."
                                       
                                      Oftentimes this operates at the subconscious level, so people are not even aware of it.  If we see "people" as the "problem"--rather than their "behavior"--it's harder to get through that to a better place with them, because we don't see them as someone with whom understanding and peace are possible.
                                       
                                      Having said that, it does seem that sometimes there are individuals who are "wired for mayhem". It may seem, or be, harder to work with, reach out to, make peace with these people. There is usually always something going on beyond the surface which can illuminate the causes for that behavior: whether it's poverty, abuse, lack of adequate brain chemicals. That doesn't mean that we should accept "bad" behavior--far from it--but just that to try to understand it may help us to address the consequences more effectively.
                                       
                                      Ultimately, as you say, it is important to see individuals as individuals, first of all (not "just" members of a particular group), and equally to think of people as linked to a larger whole (a nation, for example). This experience has shown Kenyans that they will need to work on the "Kenyan" identity more:  that's the "opportunity" in this "crisis".  And, of course, isn't this true for all of us?!
                                       
                                      With thanks and sensibility!!  Janet
                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                      Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 1:37 PM
                                      Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!/growing peace, understanding roots

                                      Janet

                                      I agree very much with your comments about stereotypes and use of language.

                                      We must be careful because the way we use words influences the way that we think.

                                      For examples If we are talking about violent young men who are Kikuyus who are attacking people who are not Kikuyas at a particular location. I do not think we should mention the word Kikuyu. Instead we should say violent gangs at the location. Then we will start to think of angry young enemployed youths... or whatever.. as the  wider groups, rather than thinking of tribal groups as the wider groups.

                                      For another example: I do not think they should be called warriors,  because that glorifies what they are doing and makes them heroes.

                                      Similarly we should not put tribal labels on the displaced people, or any kind of victims.unless it is essential.  Let us tell stories of Kenyans who have been displaced.. Some people who have tribal allegiances may read the reports. It is best if they think "this is a bad thing to happen to a Kenyan". It is bad if they think "Aha - the victim was not my tribe - they probably deserve this fate" or if they think"This is terrible because this person is my tribe so I will go and avenge them."  

                                      Am I making sense with what I am trying to say here?

                                      Pam
                                      On 31/01/2008, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:

                                      Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,

                                      This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
                                      eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
                                      on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
                                      most pressing and important.

                                      There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
                                      major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
                                      grow.

                                      One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
                                      needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
                                      tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
                                      political affiliation as "the problem".

                                      The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
                                      the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
                                      important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.

                                      Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
                                      others), poverty, lack of opportunity-education-hope, ethnic clashes,
                                      HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
                                      appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
                                      deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.

                                      This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
                                      seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.

                                      It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
                                      on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
                                      peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
                                      for--immediately--is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
                                      grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
                                      to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
                                      giant leap forward in that regard.

                                      The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
                                      (whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
                                      what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
                                      situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
                                      (stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.

                                      Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
                                      first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
                                      displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
                                      conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
                                      violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
                                      is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
                                      opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
                                      need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.

                                      It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
                                      heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
                                      meet for peace.

                                      Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
                                      and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
                                      collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
                                      you every step of the way.

                                      With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
                                      and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet

                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                      From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
                                      To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>;
                                      <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>; <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>;
                                      "learningfromeachother" <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
                                      Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
                                      Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!

                                      > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
                                      > day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
                                      > team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
                                      > their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
                                      > to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
                                      > agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
                                      > organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
                                      > Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
                                      > wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
                                      > permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
                                      > others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
                                      > leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
                                      > involved in the decisions affecting them.
                                      >
                                      > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
                                      > where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
                                      > elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
                                      > Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
                                      > prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
                                      >
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                                      > Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
                                      > Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
                                      > but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
                                      > to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
                                      > which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
                                      > from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
                                      > talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
                                      > clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
                                      > conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
                                      > people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
                                      > cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
                                      > or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
                                      > organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
                                      > not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
                                      > them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
                                      > meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
                                      > confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
                                      > publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
                                      >
                                      > Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
                                      > They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
                                      > together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
                                      > hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
                                      > counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
                                      > might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
                                      > recruitment as thugs.
                                      >
                                      > Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
                                      > Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
                                      > not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
                                      > have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
                                      > effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
                                      > using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
                                      > $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
                                      > declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
                                      > dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
                                      > undone.
                                      >
                                      > Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
                                      > Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
                                      > think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
                                      > gives hope and diminishes tensions.
                                      >
                                      > Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
                                      > (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
                                      > +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
                                      > donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
                                      > and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
                                      > reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
                                      > respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
                                      > great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
                                      > speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
                                      > telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
                                      > little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
                                      >
                                      > Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
                                      > light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
                                      > first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
                                      > and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
                                      > sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
                                      > They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
                                      > is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
                                      > upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
                                      > they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
                                      > come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
                                      > imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
                                      > rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
                                      > which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
                                      > opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
                                      > at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
                                      > around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
                                      > not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
                                      > who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
                                      > unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
                                      > can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
                                      > wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
                                      > listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
                                      > to clear our past and free our future.
                                      >
                                      > I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
                                      > and every day after, as available.
                                      >
                                      > Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
                                      > action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
                                      > wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
                                      > Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
                                      > Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
                                      > Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
                                      >
                                      > Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
                                      > that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
                                      > concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
                                      > it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
                                      > and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
                                      > that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
                                      > the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
                                      > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
                                      > Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
                                      > +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
                                      > Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
                                      > Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
                                      > +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
                                      > 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
                                      > Welcome!
                                      >
                                      > Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
                                      > the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
                                      > helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
                                      > are transforming our world.
                                      >
                                      > A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
                                      > whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
                                      > reaches even the most turbulent heart.
                                      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/
                                      >
                                      > Thank you all!
                                      >
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                                    • Maria Agnese Giraudo
                                      Dear Rachel, Janet, Denis , Andrius, Ken, Pam, David, Samwel and all, let me add my joy and appreciation for the great work of Rachel, Denis, Ken, Samwel and
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                                        Dear Rachel, Janet, Denis , Andrius, Ken, Pam, David, Samwel and all,
                                         
                                        let me add my joy and appreciation for the great work of Rachel, Denis, Ken, Samwel  and all Kenyans are  devoted to their community, specially in so critical situation. I can't believe that so good and intelligent people can work together  in so productive and effective way!
                                         Thanks Andrius too for your intelligent-loving-dreaming!!!   Andrius you help us  don't be shy and  be "crazy" dreamers and very effective too. Thanks Janet for deep understanding of the reality and Pam  for your great contribution in creating content and contacts, Asif for caring and advising, Richardo and Joy for offering your  high skills in ICT for the community! Thanks Sahsa, Fred, Meadowlea, Kims for your intelligent assistence and conrtribution!  Sorry I can thanks everybody!
                                         I agree with Andrius, we have to serve people like you: Rachel, Ken, Denis, David. We have to des cover people like you!! We  need people like you in Europe as well! The world has to change and the violence and distruction is in every country. in Europe too, because  people  are not recognized in their humanity and can't develop themselves. You are helping  me to recover humanity where i live.
                                        I met the Community of Sant Egidio in Rome last Thursday, as Rhone suggested me. It was the 40th anniversary of the Community and there many priests and bishops of many Christian confessions, Protestant, Orthodox and I suppose also Jewishs, Muslims from all over the world. We have prayed together.
                                        I had a talk with Marco Bartoli e Giancarlo Penza of the Community. Thery are very available to  contact us of MSLab and Kenyands in Italy: Chrispinus, Robert, me, and other Kenyans, Ivan from Torino and others want to collaborate to support Kenyans for peace.
                                        I'm available to collabotate to sustain Kenyans fighting for peace and to spread this experience in Europe!
                                        I hope Minciu SodasLab with all people of good will in Kenya wset up and organization  to support for long time people fighting for peace!!
                                        All the best!
                                        Maria Agnese
                                         
                                         


                                        Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> ha scritto:
                                        Dear Dennis and All,
                                         
                                        Yes, that's what some are saying in the forums too.  Also there is much talk of William Ruto, and some of it seems to point to him being involved directly in the fomenting of violence.
                                         
                                        An article yesterday in a forum described how Kisumu has been largely emptied of Kikuyus, because they were targeted with such savagery in the immediate aftermath of the election. Kikuyus were the ones who were targeted and died in Kibera in the early days, and other acts of violence against them took place elsewhere. In Kibera, at any rate, Luos seemed to be predominantly responsible, according to reports.
                                         
                                        This has been the reason, many analysts say, for the revenge attacks now by Kikuyus. The Mungiki see themselves as the guardians of their people (defined by tribe), staving off genocide by instilling fear due to their violent behavior and acts.
                                         
                                        Apparently there has been hate speech on the radio and in other communications- -this may be part of a more organized campaign--which has stirred things up even more. Perhaps some Kikuyus hearing these messages have responded as did the Hutu against the Tutsis in Rwanda...strike out at other ethnicities, because they have injured us.
                                         
                                        It's great that you are talking with people and that they are responding by questioning what is happening, and hopefully what they are doing. If they can get back to a place of thinking and perceiving more like "Kenyans"--ie we may have challenges and problems, but we are one people too--they may be less prone to perceive those of other ethnicities as enemies, and therefore less prone to killing or injuring them in some way (then again, "Americans" may feel like one people in some ways, but we kill each other for a pair of sneakers or a "wrong" look).
                                         
                                        With greatest thanks for your work and for your peaceful and courageous spirit! Janet
                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                        Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:04 PM
                                        Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Growing Peace, Understanding Roots, Crisis as Opportunity

                                        What the local guys at those camps and in the street is seeing in the two killings is that the government does not have the numbers in paliament so they are eliminating the opposition votes, i have been talking t many Kikuyu touts at the stage here in Nairobi, what they are saying is that Kikuyus have been patient for very many years with Kalenjins, they dont have a problem with Raila Odinga but they are saying William Ruto the Eldoet North(correct me if am wrong) is the guy behing the killings, my question to them has been then why are Kikuyus targeting Luo's they have not answered and they started talking to hemselves about this.
                                         
                                        Humanity Before Politics

                                        Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink. net> wrote:
                                        Dear Friends,

                                        Today in many forums where Kenyans on all persuasions are talking, there is
                                        wide disagreement about the killing of the second MP, as there was about the
                                        first MP killed, Mugabe Were. Some blame a love triangle in this second
                                        case, disguised as a political hit.

                                        In Were's case, there is also huge disagreement: some people think he was
                                        killed by his own party because he was rumored to be defecting to PNU, or
                                        simply because he was a peacemaker. Some think the motive was a disaffected
                                        loser in the election, someone who wanted Were's seat in parliament. Some
                                        think it was more personal: that he was fairly well off financially, or
                                        that he and his wife were from different ethnic groups.

                                        The violence which is purely politically- motivated or connected--by which I
                                        mean stemming from the election--is one thread of a larger tapestry. That
                                        may actually be easier to address in some ways, depending on how the
                                        political situation evolves.

                                        However, even that is "complicated" : the government says the violence is
                                        being fomented by "hooligans", and this is the reason for the police
                                        crackdown. The head of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights--whose
                                        life has been threatened-- says that the police are confronting peaceful
                                        protestors with the same tactics that the British colonial police used. It
                                        is purported that the army has not been called in because many are ODM
                                        supporters.

                                        The other, older roots--land issues, economic disparities, ethnic
                                        disparities in the socio-economic sphere--these will take longer to address.
                                        Ultimately they will need to be addressed before true "peace"--which is much
                                        more than the cessation of violence--is established.

                                        There are two analogies which might be helpful here: the roots of a tree,
                                        which are many, and an iceberg, which has a tip--politics in this case being
                                        the visible tip--and the invisible mass underneath, unseen yet which can
                                        have "titanic" consequences (the boat in this case being a reference to the
                                        ship-of-state, or the state of the nation, in this case).

                                        There are some very insightful articles in the Christian Science during the
                                        past few days, discussing all of these issues:

                                        http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p01s01- woaf.html ("How Can Kenya Avoid
                                        Ethnic War?")http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0131/p08s01- comv.html ("Ways to
                                        End Kenya's Killings")
                                        http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p01s04- woaf.html ("How Kenya Came
                                        Undone")
                                        http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0130/p13s01- woaf.htm ("One Man Helps Moderates
                                        Tackle the Roots of Kenya's Ethnic Rifts")

                                        http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0129/p12s01- woaf.html ("Kenya's Famous Mungiki
                                        Sect Gears Up For Reprisals")

                                        An excerpt (the person quoted, btw, used to be director of FEMNET in
                                        Nairobi, a woman-focused ICTs nonprofit):

                                        "Unlike spontaneous violence between neighbors, organized militias like the
                                        Mungiki sect have the capability and motivation to keep the murderous cycle
                                        of revenge attacks going for weeks.

                                        "'Initially, we were seeing three kinds of violence, says Muthoni Wanyeki,
                                        executive director of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. Disorganized
                                        violence in villages tended to rise up suddenly, but fizzle out quickly.
                                        Organized militias - with paid, motivated members - have kept the violence
                                        going and have largely led the charge in expelling minority ethnic groups by
                                        force. Police use of extreme force - live bullets rather than water cannons
                                        or tear gas - has also stirred ethnic passions.

                                        A fourth type of violence has now emerged, as displaced people carry back
                                        stories of horror and spur on calls of revenge in communities that had
                                        previously been peaceful. "Now we are seeing a communal response in areas
                                        where it has not happened before," says Ms. Wanyeki.

                                        Here is an excerpt related to the immediate and longer-term challenges:

                                        "Annan is right to think short- and long-term about the talks ahead. The
                                        election debacle can't be put off. A recount is not technically possible.
                                        That means a power-sharing agreement until new, fair elections can be held.
                                        Beyond that, Kenya must address the political and economic imbalance that
                                        has favored the Kikuyu for decades. This can't happen without a rewrite of
                                        the Constitution, which indulges a presidency with impunity. And there must
                                        be a trustworthy process to settle land disputes, which are at the heart of
                                        the Rift Valley turmoil. "

                                        "'This crisis can be an opportunity, ' says Waiganjo Kamotho, a Nairobi
                                        attorney and political commentator, 'because it forces us as a country to
                                        resolve problems we have refused, and the government has refused, to
                                        consider as priorities.' "

                                        This last point may be the silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud:
                                        crisis as opportunity to make needed changes. We hope and pray that the
                                        violent aspects of the crisis can be contained from here on out, and that
                                        changes will happen--perhaps not without some conflict--in a nonviolent and
                                        productive way.

                                        With love and blessings, Janet




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