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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Tomorrow we ll chat again to help Kenyans in the post-election turmoil http://www.worknets.org/chat/ We ll start at 15:00 Kenya time, 12:00 UK, 7:00 New York
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      Tomorrow we'll chat again to help Kenyans in the post-election turmoil
      http://www.worknets.org/chat/
      We'll start at 15:00 Kenya time, 12:00 UK, 7:00 New York but you can
      come any time and maybe you will find somebody to chat with.

      We're looking for short term ways to help. The situation is serious
      (transportation unavailable, communications shut down, food and water
      shortages, lawlessness and ethnic turmoil). The long term prospects are
      good (the opposition has won many seats in the parliament, which will
      meet in March, and there is a widespread concern for the country). We're
      trying to help individuals help others and also avert a civil war or a
      genocide as occurred in Rwanda.

      The simplest way to help right now is to make phone calls to Kenyans and
      send SMS messages. We are making a list and encouraging calls (note that
      Kenyan time is GMT+3 and the country code is +254. Check the price per
      minute - I recommend using Skype http://www.skype.com).
      +254 725 600 439 Samwel Kongere in Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria near
      Mbita Point. We spoke in the morning but he didn't answer in the
      evening. Samwel is safe and he will try to write in the coming days.
      +254 722 366 777 Muyela is a lawyer in Nakuru who we met today through
      Davis Weddi. We spoke for 15 minutes, see the chat transcript. Muyela
      made clear that everything would stop in one day if the current
      President simply called for an audit of the election results. If you
      call Muyela, then please let him know of Dennis Kimambo's work there
      organizing peace meetings, see Dennis' letter below.
      +254 722 388 275 Dennis Kimambo in Nakuru, community theatre leader and
      peace activist, see http://wiki.rising.globalvoicesonline.org/REPACTED
      +254 725 678 641 Tom Ochuka in Kisumu, one of the hardest hit areas. I
      spoke with Tom tonight for 10 minutes. He was robbed and lost his
      digital camera, the pay phone from which his family makes a living, a
      gas cylinder and some funds. I will send him money that Ricardo donated.
      This is for his family, and if anybody has more to donate, Tom can
      organize support for the deaf he works with in Deaf Impact, this is a
      great time to help. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?TomOchuka
      +254 723 568 251 Kennedy Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats in Nairobi's
      slums. Kennedy would be a great person to support, especially if he
      could distribute and organize help in Nairobi. This morning Samwel said
      that Kennedy was safe but had no transport into Nairobi.
      http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenOwino http://www.nafsiafriacrobats.org
      +254 720 462 559 David Mutua of Teachers Talking Kenya- outside Nairobi
      in Kangundo district. He is from a minority tribe but perhaps he has
      contacts with people in the President's party which I imagine dominates
      there. Pamela McLean has not succeeded in contacting him.
      Ronald Omondi - western part of Kenya, Nyando district, 100 km from
      Kisumu - what is his telephone number?
      Add to our list...

      Asif Daya, thank you for help and it would indeed be great if you might
      coordinate this further! I will keep you posted regarding fundraising.

      As Muyelo told me, the entire crisis would end in a day if President
      Mwai Kibaki were to call for an audit of the election results. I
      encourage us to "think from our opponent's point of view" which is the
      foundation for "fighting peacefully". What reasons might sway the
      President to call for an audit? Certainly, he might listen to his own
      party. Therefore it is key to engage members and leaders of the
      President's Party for National Unity. I encourage us to find them and
      get their permission to share their phone numbers so that people could
      call them and dialogue with them. And perhaps they might declare their
      support for such an audit and encourages others as well or offer their
      recommendations. Certainly dialogue with them would help reduce strife
      and tensions.

      Tom agreed with this. He also said it would help to get news of the
      international response. Currently they get state television from Nairobi
      and there is no live coverage. Also, Kisumu is cut off from Nairobi by
      tribal differences. Thus it would be helpful to get reports of what is
      happening in Nairobi. I think also that sometimes people locally aren't
      in touch with each other (or they run out of phone credits). So it is
      helpful to relay messages between, say, Muyelo and Dennis Kimbambo in
      Nakuru.

      Josephat Ndibalema of Uyoga in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is leading our
      translation work into Kiswahili. Our priority now is to translate
      summaries international news as Tom suggests and make that available for
      posting, emailing and printing. Sasha Mrkailo is also collecting texts
      and links, including short works or passages about nonviolent
      engagement, which will be relevant if this crisis continues. Who might
      help him? We're collecting that at
      http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication

      Thank you to Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda and to Kiyavilo Msekwa in
      Arusa, Tanzania who are both a couple of hours from Kenya and will help
      us help refugees coming into those countries. Davis linked us with
      Muyelo and also will be in touch with refugee leaders tomorrow. They
      will report on the refugees' needs, spread their news, and tell us of
      the organizations working there. Thank you for your quick response! I
      have sent them each 100 USD for their work.

      We should contact interested media who would like such reports. I'm also
      sharing with Rising Voices and asking for help from bloggers. Asif
      suggested the Christian Science Monitor.

      It's been reported that Kenyans who send SMS messages will be arrested.
      However, given the shortage of police and understanding the importance
      of widespread activism, I think that such civil disobedience is welcome.
      In a dissident society it's important that everybody risk at least a
      little bit, and that we allow for the entire range of risk takers, from
      the most bold to the most timid.

      I will try to set up a wiki in Kiswahili for our work. Perhaps Helmut
      Leitner will be able to help me tomorrow, we had considered this some
      time ago and it may be easy to turn our existing wiki into a "wiki farm".

      I include below Dennis' letter, Asif's letter, today's chat transcript
      and my chat with Serina, a Kenyan student is Sweden.

      I look forward to chatting tomorrow. There's lot of work for volunteers!
      I also welcome contributions by PayPal to ms@... and let us know what
      you'd like to contribute towards.

      Andrius

      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      http://www.ms.lt
      ms@...
      +370 699 30003
      Vilnius, Lithuania


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      Hello all

      Its sad what is happening in our country Kenya, hopefully peace will
      come back ts very sad what we are seeing in other parts of this county
      and our own town here in Nakuru, a good note to this side as we are all
      affected we carried out a meeting today with two ethnic groups that are
      both very much involved with what is happening and tension has been
      building up, at Free Area where most of the landlords are Kikuyu's and
      the Tenants Luo's we used magnet theatre to have a forum with them, and
      it was a very fired meeting as both side tried to prove that they are
      right in what is happening at the end of the day we all agreed that the
      leadership should help with the problem nationally but as locals staying
      here in Nakuru as neighbors they agreed to refrain from violence and
      they will hold the same meetings every 3 days just to help one another
      with the tension and console those who have lost there family in other
      parts of the country, this was possible with the help of the chief of
      the area, as we continue to push for peace we are asking you to pray for
      this country
      Attached are 2 pics from the meeting

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      Hi Everyone:

      I am struck with a sense of brother/sisterhood to see the concerns
      people have outside of Kenya and especially folks from our groups. Thank
      You.

      Andrius I will help in any way that is possible to bring peace and
      security to our fellow Kenyans.

      Right now there is no fuel for cars, no Kerosene for cooking nor
      charcoal/coal. There are splinters of small shops open for shopping and
      the lines are long....but the riots continue. People are sleeping in
      other peoples garages to hide from the riots. The majority in Kenya is
      Kikuyu and the info that Andrius gave was absolutely correct on the
      ethnicities of the presidential make up and also of Samwell. I am very
      concerned about Samwell. I tried to call him too. I wish we had a way to
      reach an NGO. The net may be the best way. There is hardly any food.
      People keep worrying about Rwanda in the back of their minds.

      Here is a resource:

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0102/p06s03-woaf.html

      This is what I found from a Kenyan site:

      I have just visited GoPetition and found the following page very
      interesting:
      http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kibaki-must-step-down.html

      Here is another one that was working a few days back:

      Just click on the link and sign petition,

      http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kibaki-must-resign/signatures-page2.html

      When you mail the petition links to others, please DO NOT mail this
      e-mail - retributions are common....especially from the Embassy.

      Andrius is right, we must write to our representatives to implement
      peace either by a recount or some other way, but they must be fully engaged.

      I understand from the latest news that Mr. Odinga has called for a
      Million man march to Uhuru Park - but that is going to be a bloodshed if
      the police are engaged - since their orders are to use live rounds of
      bullets. I cry for the people of Kenya - they all want peace, but also
      want a fair election. The scenario is ruined by looters and those that
      destroy due to engaging in ethnic differences.

      May God Bless The People Of Kenya.

      Asif

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      Andrius Kulikauskas in Lithuania
      Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia
      Josephat Ndibalema in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the capital
      Kiyavilo Msekwa in Arusha, Tanzania near the border with Kenya
      Maria Agnese Giraudo near Rome, Italy
      Ricardo in the UK
      Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda
      Fred Kayiwa in Kampala, Uganda
      Kevin in India and from Uganda
      Rojo from Colombia
      Pamela McLean in the UK
      Dennis Kimambo from Kenya
      Benoit Couture in Alberta, Canada

      http://www.worknets.org/archive/


      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Agnese, yes I am now :: Good morning, Ricardo!
      I'm taking some steps to help Kenya. Then I'll work on my philosophy,
      have lunch with Tomas Cepaitis and be back for your phone call. When do
      we talk?

      Sasha: HI, I am really upset with the situation in Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Sasha, I am here. Thank you for your help and
      Josephat agreed that they would translate information into Kiswahili.
      Can you collect some useful information that could be put into a flyer,
      for example, contact numbers for help? :: We can have papers printed in
      Tanzania and they can be taken into Kenya by bus or they can be
      downloaded from the Internet and distributed in Kenya.

      Ricardo: Hi everyone.

      Sasha: hi Ricardo :: nice to se you here :: that is if you are stil here

      Ricardo: Hi Sasha. How are you?

      Sasha: nice thank you :: but was very upset with Kenya news :: HI Pam ::
      just reading some Kenyan blogs :: now is the situation where an includer
      would be of enourmus help :: especially coupled with some radio abilities

      Ricardo: Yes. I saw the TV news with burning houses in Kibera, where Ken
      Owino's Nafsi Arika group lives and works.

      Pam: Hi Sasha and everyone :: hi

      Sasha: terible :: its quite upseting for me because I felt same few
      years ago :: and had similar experiences :: so I can understand how much
      painful this can be

      JosephatNdibalema: Hi everybody

      Ricardo: Do you know whether Ken Owino has been in touch? There was a
      communications blackout.

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Ricardo, Josephat, Sasha

      Ricardo: Hi Josephat, Andrius.

      AndriusKulikauskas: Yes I spoke with Samwel and he is in touch with Ken
      :: and they are both fine.

      Sasha: yes Maria Agnese talked with Ken and Sam today I think

      JosephatNdibalema: Fine A ndrius but the new year is'nt welcoming for
      our friends in Kenya

      Ricardo: That's good. I hope things settle down soon.

      Sasha: terrible :: is there some way we can help them?

      AndriusKulikauskas: I sent 100 USD to Davis Weddi and also to Kims in
      Arusha, Tanzania near the border

      Sasha: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat I am glad that you can translate

      Sasha: we have here a page where we can add something, ideas
      suggestions, informations....

      AndriusKulikauskas: I think that you could work with Sasha and he could
      find materials :: and Uyoga could translate them into Kiswahili

      Sasha: also have read that it has side effects on other countries in the
      region :: like Uganda

      JosephatNdibalema: Yes i better work on that to help our friends in Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: I think it would be go to have even single pages
      (flyers) :: and they could be put online for download and for printing
      and photocopying and distribution :: with the most helpful information
      that could be put on one page

      Sasha: this situation shows how vulnerable are centralised
      communications networks like sms in timesof troubles

      AndriusKulikauskas: such as contact information for NGOs that can help

      Sasha: good idea Andrius

      AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha, please, can you work on this with Josephat ::
      the pages can contain URLs where people can find information

      Sasha: yes I can :: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: Also we can set up a Kiswahili wiki :: I will try to
      do that today

      Sasha: here is the page wwhere we can gather informatins

      Ricardo: Andrius, is there any way we can help by organizing better
      communications for people?

      Sasha: Maria Agnese told me that they have internet acces :: but I cant
      see any new email from them

      Ricardo: ...perhaps relaying messages from one family member to another.

      Sasha: shortwave radio is a greaat tool :: I have located Kenyan ham
      radio association on the web

      JosephatNdibalema: I suggest that it better if we find iformation on
      civil education that can be translated into Kiswahili to help Kenyan
      citizens

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes we should set up a wiki in Kiswahili

      Sasha: but they dont have any usefull info

      AndriusKulikauskas: and also organize a "phone center" :: because the
      phones are working and I think SMS will too in a few days

      Ricardo: It may be useful just to find out what communications method
      are still working and which aren't, then make that info available to people.

      AndriusKulikauskas: so to help people stay in touch

      Sasha: amateur radio communications are very efficient and reliable in
      this kind of disasers

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes Ricardo

      Sasha: great :: lets put up a page on that :: but first we have to have
      someone on the ground who can give us the info what is working and what
      is not

      Mariaagnese: ken has sent me an sms

      Sasha: can somebody call Sam or Ken and gather info on this?

      Mariaagnese: soperhaps now they cabn receive sms

      Sasha: I dont think that is reliable :: and probably will not work soon

      Ricardo: Andrius, you know everyone, so perhaps you can contact as many
      as possible and collect the info. I think you said that you could
      contact Sam and he is in touch with Ken Owino.

      Sasha: if thing go worse which I hope they wont

      AndriusKulikauskas: I have to allow others to do that :: Sasha can help
      and so can others

      Sasha: its not good to hand everything down to Andrius :: to much
      centralised thinking

      AndriusKulikauskas: Fred was interested to help with phone calls ::
      Agnese did you learn about Fred's visa?

      Sasha: Fred is good, he is our man on the field and he is nearby

      Ricardo: Ok. I can text Sam and see what he knows. I'll do that now and
      see what response I get.

      AndriusKulikauskas: I'm calling Helmut Leitner to ask about ProWiki.

      Sasha: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication :: I think
      that most important now is the information, for the Kenyans :: what is
      happening and where

      AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what do you think would be most helpful?
      What kind of information should we translate? Are there refugees or
      travelers coming by bus to Dar es Salaam from Kenya?

      Sasha: if the sms is working perhaps we can make ya some kind of
      newslater an send it to people in Ken :: Kenya with the lates news ::
      newsletter

      JosephatNdibalema: Andrius no any transport going to KeNYA and out of KeNYA

      Sasha: typical :: they want to control the media situation and control
      the people by controloling the informations flow :: it would be good to
      gather info on Kenyan blogs to see is there someone actually bloging now

      JosephatNdibalema: People have been fearing for the current situation
      and security is intensive along Tanzania Kenya border but not closed

      Maria-Agnese: I suugest that we collaborate with associations in Kenya
      Uganda, Tanzania at the border

      Sasha: yes , they are closer there and better know what is really happening

      AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese that's a good idea and we have David Weddi at
      the Ugandan border and Kims at the Tanzanian border :: and they can
      learn which organizations are working there and what kind of help do
      they need?

      Sasha: are there radio amateurs in Dar es Salam?

      JosephatNdibalema: I wish to call Kiyavilo evening and ask him about the
      situation near the border b'se A rusha is very close to the border ::
      Sasha no there is 'nt

      AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha that is a good idea - we could organize radio
      amateurs in Tanzania and Uganda and help them send news :: perhaps Davis
      Weddi knows some, I think he works with radio

      Ricardo: I've just sent an SMS Text to Sam to ask whether everyone is
      okay and whether we can contact Ken Owino by SMS or email.

      JosephatNdibalema: Very interesting idea radio amateurs

      Sasha: here is the page with latest blogs on Kenya ::
      http://www.kenyaunlimited.com/aggregator/ :: it seems that the ne is
      stil open for them :: despite media blackout :: some kind of sms forum
      http://www.mashada.com/forums/ :: whre people are giving latest news

      AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, why is there no transport? And how are
      people crossing the border? On foot? :: Does anybody have more
      information about Tom Ochuka in Kisumu (Maria said he was robbed). Can
      we send him money?

      Sasha: a post from that forum This just goes to confirm how fragile how
      social fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other,
      whole country is on fire. Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

      Maria-Agnese: we have to wait for samwel email to know about Tom ::
      there are internet sites of radio amateurs

      Ricardo: Andrius. I've added a section to your Worknet
      KenyaCommunication page for people to enter the working and non-working
      comms methods. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication

      Maria-Agnese: Sahsa send a great message to the forum!!! as you have
      sent to me!

      Sasha: I will try :: This just goes to confirm how fragile how social
      fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other, whole
      country is on fire. :: Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

      Ricardo: Andrius, I can phone you about the Includer after this chat if
      you like. Is that okay with you?

      Kiyavilo: /room Kiswahili :: /room English

      JosephatNdibalema: Sorry connection is bringing trouble,yes Andrius
      transport to Kenya has stoped due to violence ,bus owners fear ,they say
      we can go until we are sure of asecurity,may be Kiyavilo can tell more

      Ricardo: Hi Kims. How are you?

      Kiyavilo: Hello everyone

      Sasha: hi

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

      Sasha: I cant find any Kenyan ham operator

      JosephatNdibalema: Welcome Kims,tell us what do you experience in Arusha
      due to ethinic violence in Kenya

      Sasha: web page

      Maria-Agnese: hi everybody

      Kiyavilo: /room English :: /room English :: /room ExtraChat1 :: /room
      ExtraChat2 :: /room ExtraChat3 :: /room Lietuviu :: LT: /room HelpOurClients

      Ricardo: Andrius. You mentioned Kisumu. On the TV news yesterday, it
      said there was a curfew. I don't know whether it is still in place and
      24 Hour. It may stop Tom Ochuka picking up any money if we send it.

      LT: Kiyavilo: /room English

      Pam: I have tried to phone and SMS text David Mutua without success.
      Before Christmas he said he was leaving Nairobi to vote

      Kiyavilo: Today I meet some people from Kenya running from the violence
      there, It seems they are all coming here but the only people who were
      able to manage to come to Arusha town where I am are few. :: /room
      English :: /room English :: /room ExtraChat2 :: /room English

      Ricardo: Andrius, this news report (today 4:41) says the curfew in
      Kisumu is a daytime one 6 till 6PM.
      http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=671300

      Kiyavilo: Sorry for inconvinence am having problem using the chatroom.
      But any way I have the plan to go to the Boarder tomorrow to see if I
      can come across to those who had manage to reach to the boader so that I
      can find out how is their situation so far. Andrius has sent me $100 and
      I will use it to find some information then I will send you the
      feedback. By the way I would like a recommendation latter :: /room
      English :: /room ExtraChat1 :: /room English

      AndriusKulikauskas: Could one of us write a letter of recommendation for
      Kiyavilo, please? :: That he is representing our Minciu Sodas laboratory
      to learn how we can help associations organizing relief?

      Sasha: what kind of letter? Perhaps better someone with native english
      speaking abilities :: I cant find any radio amateur site in Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Agnese, Pam :: Yes, Ricardo, please call me after
      this chat :: So what are next steps? :: Later today I will try to set up
      a Kiswahili wiki so that we can use that tomorrow.

      Sasha: I have found a calling sign of two Kenyan ham operators :: so if
      someone has ham adio we can use this chanel for emergency communications
      :: perhaps

      Maria-Agnese: I'm no so good in writing a formal letter in english, but
      if nobody is available i'll do and you Andrius check it

      Kiya: /room English

      AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese, that would be great, thank you! :: Hi Kevin

      Kiya: I am sorry guys the power went off and I had the problem using my
      name to continue with where I ended.

      AndriusKulikauskas: Kiyavilo, Agnese will write you a letter. Do you
      need anything for it to say in particular?

      KevinIndia: Hi Andrius

      Maria-Agnese: but it would be a teere of presentation of fred and
      reqyuest to go to the border or to go to kenya? please Sasha explain me
      in skype!!!

      Ricardo: Andrius, I've transferred a little money to Minciu Sodas by
      Paypal in case its needed. I've used up my 30 day sending limit with
      Western Union already, so I can't send it to anyone directly.

      Kiya: By the way What I need to have from andrius is the recomendation
      letter from the group assigning what I need to do since they will need
      an ID confirmation

      AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese it would be a letter for Kiyavilo Msekwa of
      Arusha, Tanzania to our Minciu Sodas network help refugees and help
      organizations that are helping them :: for his work for our Minciu Sodas
      network

      Maria-Agnese: the request is to enter to kenya?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, are you there? I have started a page to
      make a shopping list for our Includer components for our hardware team
      in Lithuania http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Purchases :: Agnese, I
      think it is a statement of his work for us, he doesn't need to enter
      Kenya I think just have something to explain to Tanzanian border
      officials :: am I correct, Kiya?

      JosephatNdibalema: look at this video -You Tube-Kisumu Election violence

      Kiya: Yes I think you are

      Maria-Agnese: ok, let me try

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, thank you, I got your notice :: Ricardo,
      great I received the money

      Kiya: But I have to go now I will try to have this chat on my mobile
      phone because the internet is being closed so I will continue this chat
      on the phone

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes I am thinking that we'll probably send something
      to Tom Ochuka when that is possible :: Great bye Kiya! thank you for
      helping! :: Kiya keep half of the money for yourself and :: use the
      other half as you think best. :: and please keep sending us reports.

      JosephatNdibalema: also have a look on this
      http://www.youtube.com/profil?user=NTVKenya

      Sasha: http://whiteafrican.com/?p=833 :: this is quite interesting,
      similar idea ike I had, send sms news like in newsletters to many Kenyan
      cellphones

      AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what next steps do we take? :: Hi Rojo ::
      Josephat, what should we translate?

      Rojo: Hi, from Colombia

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hola! :: Josephat is from Tanzania, I'm from
      Lithuania, Sasha from Serbia, Agnese from Italy, Ricardo from UK, Kevin
      from India :: Kiyavilo is also from Tanzania, not far from Kenya

      Ricardo: Andrius. I've managed to access the purchases page. Do you want
      me to add suggestions for items to purchase or are you going to do the
      list? Is the list of items for the Knight News Challange or just for
      general development?

      JosephatNdibalema: Okey i think it better if we get some information as
      regard to civil education so as to educate our fellow Kenyans

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, that list is for general development ::
      what would be the first things we should practice with here in Lithuaina
      with our hardware team, like Gumstix, Chumby, displays, processors, etc.

      Ricardo: Andrius, ok. Do you want me to add a list of suggested items to
      purchase?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what do you mean by civil education? ::
      Ricardo, yes your suggestions would be very helpful! :: and then we can
      discuss over the phone

      JosephatNdibalema: The problem in Kenya is ethinic the fight is btn the
      two major tribes Ruo and Kikuyu

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes :: Lou, yes? :: so how do we help people stop
      fighting? :: what kind of information will help? :: or keep them safe or
      help them get help?

      JosephatNdibalema: People should be educated on how to exercise their
      right instead of fighting since the country is governed by law

      Sasha: terible I have just seen an youtube video :: many refugees
      already there :: make a list of ngo that could help

      Ricardo: Andrius, have you read Mendenyo messages 823 and 824 yet that I
      posted, about the Atmel processor and displays? It can control displays
      directly using a lot of parallel lines or we can use a TV-like device
      which takes composite-video, RF or AV.

      Sasha: make the list of things they (kenyans) would need in this time

      KevinIndia: ooh its so horrible

      JosephatNdibalema: So Andrius and others the issue of ethnic conlict did
      not start today,this problem has been there but now has been prompted by
      politics

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes Ricardo those letters were great

      KevinIndia: food and shelter are more important to them right now

      AndriusKulikauskas: and we can get a TV here, and also a digital picture
      frame and a DVD player

      Sasha: stupid and damn politicians :: they ar ready to go over dead
      bodies of their countrymen just to get the power

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Davis! thank you for your excellent report

      DavisWeddi: Hi all, I hope am in the right chatroom

      JosephatNdibalema: Sasha that is their collect name damn politicians

      Sasha: ethnic conflicts are everywhere but they usualy end with some
      arguing or ventualy fist figthing :: but this is something much deeper

      DavisWeddi: OK I am looking at 2moro's bulletin and I hope I will be
      able to pass on more information

      Sasha: people are poor, powerless, frustrated, hungry :: and the wont to
      have a life :: if there i no life, well... :: things like this happen ::
      same as i saw here

      DavisWeddi: Now, some analysts in Uganda say, the ethnic tensions in
      Kenya have just been waiting for an opportune moment and if this current
      situation is not handled maturely, it might slide into full-blown genocide

      Sasha: when you cant see a way out of the mess, autodestruction and
      destruction follows

      JosephatNdibalema: It is time to tell Kenyans that fighting will not
      bring any solution,but seat and talk to end violence which are putting
      the country at risk :: Goodbye

      Sasha: bye JOsephtat

      AndriusKulikauskas: Bye Josephat

      Sasha: but how to tell them if they are far and not reachable?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Please keep thinking what information to write and
      to translate :: also Josephat would it help to send Uyoga some money?
      how could you help? Please write us.

      JosephatNdibalema: Exactly Andrius i 'll do that

      AndriusKulikauskas: Yes Davis so our efforts may help even a few people
      and maybe more

      KevinIndia: Hi Davis

      AndriusKulikauskas: We can help people be in touch with their loved ones
      so they are not afraid

      DavisWeddi: Hi Kevin

      KevinIndia: that will be the worst thing to ever happen :: imagine what
      happened in Rwanda

      AndriusKulikauskas: and also to be in touch with organizations so they
      know who can help them :: yes

      DavisWeddi: I pray it does not happen

      AndriusKulikauskas: that was awful

      KevinIndia: should that be the case in Kenya...?

      AndriusKulikauskas: I think not yet :: but let's think how can we help?

      KevinIndia: how many lives will be lost

      DavisWeddi: No. African Union leaders have rushed to Nairobi today and
      it seems they might have to bring warring parties to talk

      Sasha: "Let me tell you this is much much bigger than Kikuyu –v- Luo."

      AndriusKulikauskas: David, Kevin, what message can we send to Kenya for
      distribution there in Kiswahili? :: and in Lou? :: can we make lists of
      telephone numbers that people can call?

      DavisWeddi: We could try to translate in Kiswahili, but the Luo language
      in Kenya is a bit more complicated than the Luo Language in Uganda,
      however, both sides can understand each other when they copmmunicate

      Sasha: the question is , are the phones working and for ho long will
      they work?

      DavisWeddi: There are some numbers that are still accessible right now
      :: and we could try to ask for some more from local regional mailing
      lists here

      KevinIndia: Andrius am sorry i didnt get your first question about
      distribution

      DavisWeddi: In 1999, Kenya hosted the All-Africa Peace conference. But I
      do not know where that spirit vanished after the recently concluded elctions

      Sasha: I think he asked what kind of iformation is important to have
      translated and sent to Kenya

      Maria-Agnese: Andrius i have sent you a draft...

      Sasha: from reading on some blogs it seems that prices of food are
      rising in Kenya

      DavisWeddi: A message like "Machetes, will not solve the problems of
      Kenya - There is need for dialogue instead, we need peace :: Apart form
      food prices rising, the food itself is become scarce

      KevinIndia: but Wendi how can that peace be restored

      DavisWeddi: Kevin the peace will be restored. What is the real problem
      in Kenya is how to share out the "National Cake" equally among all the
      ehtnic groups of the country

      Sasha: actually is there something to share?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Thank you, Agnese, I have sent the letter of
      recommendation

      DavisWeddi: Regional leaders are converging in Nairobi (Kenya's capital)
      to talk out some solutions

      Sasha: make the cake bigger and there will be more to share :: I think
      the pople of Kenya need to tell what to do

      AndriusKulikauskas: How about: "Let's help each other!"

      Sasha: and what kind of help do they ned

      AndriusKulikauskas: and have phone numbers :: and a phone bank :: I
      think the long term hopes are good because the parliament has many
      opposition members, yes? :: but what can we do in the short term? :: We
      can make a list of URLs with information

      DavisWeddi: Yes Andrius that would be good. But how would a person
      wielding a machete take such a message?

      AndriusKulikauskas: It's not for them. :: It's for the people who are
      afraid. :: And for the people who are not taking action, but might want to.

      Sasha: I think the fear is a big problem , people are ontroled by using fear

      DavisWeddi: OK.

      Sasha: fear against each other

      Maria-Agnese: Tomorrow i know when i can get the warrancy for Fred visa

      Sasha: and then goes the rule eye for an eye

      AndriusKulikauskas: So you can talk to the refugees and see what
      messages are helpful. :: and what their needs are :: for example, people
      want to know that their loved ones are safe :: people don't want to be
      anxious

      DavisWeddi: OK

      AndriusKulikauskas: even if you go there and can't do much but just the
      fact that you are there will make people feel stronger

      DavisWeddi: Let me make a call to a Journalist in Mbale town right now
      and hear what he has to say

      AndriusKulikauskas: What practically do you think that you can do? Also,
      you work in the media yes? :: ok

      Ricardo: Andrius, I've started making some updates to the Purchases
      page. Youmay want to take a look.

      Maria-Agnese: fred are you there?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Fred

      KayiwaFred: ihave just come got ataxi quickly hi all :: its hard to travle

      DavisWeddi: Sorry, the Journalist I expected to talk to was off air. So
      I talked to the Resident District Commission of Uganda's Manafwa
      District that border Kenya. It is from Manafwa district that most
      Kenyans are enterign Uganda and going to such places as Mbale

      KayiwaFred: fuel is 5times than before :: am happy weddin the guy in
      media is here with us

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, that's a great start. The evaluation kit is
      $975 that is expensive for now although in the future may be good. Is
      there another option as we are experimenting for the Includer?

      KayiwaFred: hi wendi

      Sasha: terible Fred

      DavisWeddi: Now, this District Commissioner tells me tonite all those
      who are crossing itno Uganda will have to be registered and then ferried
      to a center.

      KayiwaFred: is Ricado here wow :: what achance

      AndriusKulikauskas: Fred, yes thank you for introducing us to Davis (or
      Weddi?)

      DavisWeddi: Yes Davis Weddi

      KayiwaFred: hi maria

      AndriusKulikauskas: Thank you, Davis. What do we do?

      Maria-Agnese: fred the bank tell me tomorrow when i get the warraty for
      visa, :: in few days

      AndriusKulikauskas: Davis, please keep half of the money I sent for
      yourself, and then use the other half as you think best.

      DavisWeddi: Now, according to the RDC (Resident District Commissioner)
      He will be able to pass on contact of the leaders of the refugees tommorrow.

      AndriusKulikauskas: Great

      Maria-Agnese: great Davis

      DavisWeddi: I am sure it is from these contacts that we shall make a
      direct headway

      AndriusKulikauskas: yes that sounds excellent

      Maria-Agnese: sure

      DavisWeddi: to send messages

      AndriusKulikauskas: what language do most of the refugees speak?

      DavisWeddi: Most if not all Kenyas speak Kiswahili

      KayiwaFred: davis what do u think in nairobi there leaves alady called
      frolence with her babay she called me that were there there is no food
      and they lack food

      DavisWeddi: It is true, that in Nairobi ther eis food scarcity and
      transportation is difficult to get

      AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese, have you received SMS from Kenya, is it
      possible?

      DavisWeddi: A reporter who lives in Nairobi had failed to file a story
      today due to lack of transport

      KayiwaFred: all phones i call are of exect that of frolence

      Ricardo: Hi Fred, how are you?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, also I am looking for Includer parts that
      Fred and our hardware team can practice soldering together

      KayiwaFred: Wo Ricado hi :: About Kenya, I bless their souls and am
      grateful that some souls are at rest. :: thats message from Meadowlea

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Solanasaurus, who are you?... and where are you
      from? I'm in Lithuania.

      Ricardo: I just got a reply to my SMS to Sam in Rusinga Island/Mbita
      western Kenya. He says - I'll send info 2moro of our condition.
      Greetings. Sam.

      AndriusKulikauskas: That's good news. I'm supposed to call him this evening.

      KayiwaFred: Ricado you are doing great :: today was sending my ails from
      my phone its your teach

      Solanasaurus: Hello all, I am Solana. I heard about this chat on Rising
      Voices mailing list and :: came to see what was going on

      AndriusKulikauskas: We have Davis Weddi and Fred Kayiwa from Uganda,
      Agnese from Italy, Sasha from Serbia, Ricardo from UK, Rojo from
      Colombia :: today we sent 100 USD to Davis in Uganda so he could see
      what he could do. :: and also to Kiyavilo in Tanzania near the border

      Ricardo: Fred, that's great. We can try all sorts of other experiments
      in the next few weeks and months. Was Andrius sending you a Bluetooth
      dongle for PC-to-phone transfer?

      KayiwaFred: not yet

      AndriusKulikauskas: Fred will come to Lithuania this month :: and I
      found Romas Ciupaila and Zenonas Anusauskas here who can teach him
      electronics and build Includer prototypes :: so I want to buy some
      Includer parts now and hopefully they will arrive in a few weeks ::
      Ricardo, what kind of display could we use with the Gumstix?

      Sasha: maybe we can send peacemaking literature to Kenya

      KayiwaFred: great Andrius

      AndriusKulikauskas: Yes, Sasha, what would you recommend? What is or was
      or would be helpful in the Balkans?

      KayiwaFred: Am wondering if other tribes in kenya are also invloning in
      the caios tel me wendi :: hi kevin hi pam

      Maria-Agnese: fred i'll contact you tomorrow

      KayiwaFred: thanks maria :: ithink you will also write the invitation in
      time

      Maria-Agnese: hope that if we get your visa in time we have to use
      COMMUNIA for Kenya

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

      Kims: /room English

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

      Maria-Agnese: Andrius do you plan to use Communia to present information
      for Kenya?

      Kims: Hi everyone am back again

      AndriusKulikauskas: I was thinking of submitting a poster proposal for
      our Includer and then we could explain how it could help

      Kims: Would you guys help me understand where you have ended on the
      Kenya discusion

      Maria-Agnese: i would like we arrange some update from the main sources
      in Internet and from local source in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

      KayiwaFred: Ricado my laptop failed to use bluetooth may be ihad fake duggle

      AndriusKulikauskas: Davis Weddi came from Uganda and will be able to
      contact the refugee leaders in Uganda, the refugees will be registered
      and taken to a facility

      DavisWeddi: Hi all, I have just been talking to a friend in Nakuru. He
      has just arrived here from Eldoret where he said he left 30,000 people
      of the Kikuyu tribe camped in one place after they were attakced

      Kims: Hello ois there someone who gets my messages

      Sasha: Kims we didnt stop, its our usual practice to talk about more
      thems at once :: yes We all can se your messages Kims

      Kims: ok

      Sasha: Fred did you instal blue toth?

      KayiwaFred: yes idid

      Sasha: I wil search on material for peacefull conflict resolutions :: hm
      :: are you sure you configured it good?

      AndriusKulikauskas: I see, Nakuru is between Nairobi and Kisumu. Eldoret
      is north of both Kisumu and Nakuru, not far from the Uganda border.

      DavisWeddi: Now, The Police Commissione rof Kenya has this Evening
      rushed to the Eldoret town with a number of Buses to remove these Kikuyu
      people and take them back to their centrela province.

      KayiwaFred: ithink so perhaps ineed to check again sasha

      DavisWeddi: This source of information is ready to share some numbers to
      which messages can be sent

      AndriusKulikauskas: So we can post the numbers and who can call them?

      Maria-Agnese: Andrius did you contact Asif ?

      AndriusKulikauskas: who should call them? :: I don't have Asif's phone
      number and he never replied.

      KayiwaFred: GOOD work Wendi

      DavisWeddi: He is called Muyela :: You too can contact him on +254 72
      2366777

      AndriusKulikauskas: And where is he? and how can he help?

      KayiwaFred: and when we call what can we tell him?

      Maria-Agnese: is better that Andrius interview him

      KayiwaFred: kevin are u here

      DavisWeddi: Right now, I did not ask how he can help, all he is talking
      is that "we are in problems, the situation is bad," I could not talk
      long with him as my line is shaky and i was missing out some words

      Maria-Agnese: this contact is very important

      Ricardo: Fred, I'll go through how to get Bluetooth working with you by
      email in the next day or two.

      KayiwaFred: Ricardo is your yahoo messanger on ?

      Kims: Thanks Andrius am going to print the recomendation letter later
      and use it for the project tomorow

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, this processor AT91SAM9261 is excellent
      (low power and price) but I think we should start with the Gumstix ::
      Davis is he in Nakuru?

      Maria-Agnese: who will contact mr Muyela?

      AndriusKulikauskas: I can call him no :: now

      DavisWeddi: Yes he is in Nakurur right now :: I wish to leave the
      cahtroom for a moment

      Kims: So David where are you at the time being??

      KayiwaFred: perfect ANdrius

      AndriusKulikauskas: Thank you Davis for all of your help

      KayiwaFred: bye davis were are u now?

      AndriusKulikauskas: Davis is in Kampala, Uganda

      KayiwaFred: in jinja kamapala busia were? :: u are still in kla ok perfect

      Ricardo: Andrius. I think you're right. I had forgotten that the Gumstix
      comes with Linux 2.6 pre-installed. That's an easy intro. If we get a
      Gumstix with USB Host capability, then we can add a USB VGA Adaptor and
      use any VGA Monitor for the display. There are some USB VGA adaptors on
      Amazon, but we need to check the manufacturers site to ensure there's a
      Linux driver before buying a particular adaptor.

      AndriusKulikauskas: Ricardo, so we can use a regular computer monitor...
      and also is there a nice display that you can recommend, something 5" or
      7" that would work with the Gumstix?

      KayiwaFred: iwish to leave bye guys thanks for your care continue with
      this sipirit

      AndriusKulikauskas: Fred, thank you for everything!

      KayiwaFred: any question before i leave may be?

      AndriusKulikauskas: speaking with Muyela :: people were burned in a
      church at Eldoret :: he is in Nakuru :: he heard from his friends in
      Eldoret :: they are not 100% safe and they are not sleeping :: they have
      had tribal clashes before where they are

      KayiwaFred: yes a catholic church right thats true

      AndriusKulikauskas: and there are people moving from smaller towns
      taking refuge

      KayiwaFred: oh My God

      AndriusKulikauskas: people are goign to the police stations and churches
      :: there are shortages there is no water the hygiene is poor and there
      is no food :: what kind of information would be helpful? :: most Kenyans
      think that the election was fraud :: if that was corrected there
      wouldn't be a problem :: and the president was not fairly elected and
      sworn in with such unusual speed

      KayiwaFred: then in this The likes of pam needs to intervine quickly
      imean British

      Sasha: sometimes th

      KayiwaFred: will follow letter

      AndriusKulikauskas: the majority of people think fairness was not done

      Sasha: information on how to get safe water

      AndriusKulikauskas: if the process is audited that will solve the problem

      KayiwaFred: please wendi and all call me in any help am free all this week

      AndriusKulikauskas: even the commission has stated that what they have
      done has made thigns worse

      KayiwaFred: bye

      AndriusKulikauskas: he is a lawyer

      KayiwaFred: whats funny my nebour is a kikuyu together with his wife but
      they also dont believe that this is in kenya

      Sasha: same as we had in Serbia

      AndriusKulikauskas: what could we do that is most useful?

      Sasha: but we didnt resort to violence

      AndriusKulikauskas: they need food, water, medicine :: if it goes for a
      long time :: but if there is an audit then it will all solve in one day

      KayiwaFred: Ithink Andrius you write to other Ngos because redcross is
      aready on ground perhaps they can assist

      AndriusKulikauskas: how do we find the people in government to reach?

      KayiwaFred: iguess the audit wont make much diffrence since the guy is
      aready sworn in

      AndriusKulikauskas: the minister in charge of security :: is cruel and
      the one who banned live events

      KayiwaFred: Sam, david may be knows govt officials

      AndriusKulikauskas: John Michuki :: should we focus on the security
      forces? :: but more important is the president :: parliament will only
      meet in March :: is there a media blackout :: have been warned that
      people sending SMS will be arrested :: but radio and television stations
      are operating but no reprorting any events live :: they need money to
      call on the telpheon :: where he is there is no Internet :: SMS civil
      disobedience is possible

      Sasha: I dont think they can control SMS

      AndriusKulikauskas: no they can't arrest everybody

      Sasha: but they can probably shut it down :: tell him there is an SMS
      web forum :: but its useful only to send out info

      AndriusKulikauskas: He will give a list of telephone numbers next time
      of people that we can call. I said that I will call or somebody else
      will call. And we can post his telephone number on the Internet. :: So
      that is something we can do is to make calls and send SMS messages to
      keep people informed and share information and encourage civil
      disobedience regarding the SMS.

      Maria-Agnese: i would rather be more inform ed of ongos are doing there
      :: there is somebody who is collecting this kind of information?

      Sasha: I dont think it is :: its all hapening too quickly

      Maria-Agnese: there are so many ngos there and international like Plan
      international :: Amref :: we have to plan someting in connection with them

      Sasha: ngo often seems to me like parasites enjoying themselves where
      people suffer :: a page on
      http://www.idealware.org/articles/peace_through_ICTs.php :: technology
      for peace building

      AndriusKulikauskas: hmm

      Sasha: I am out for now :: bye

      AndriusKulikauskas: thank you, Sasha! :: Ricardo, I see your note on the
      Purchases page

      Ricardo: Andrius, I've got to go out now. I'll have to phone you
      tomorrow. Can you email me a good time please? The Gumstix site has an
      LCD Pack with a Samsung display. I'll check it out further.

      AndriusKulikauskas: ok :: 12 noon your time would be good is that fine?
      :: thank you so much

      Ricardo: That's fine. Bye.

      AndriusKulikauskas: peace :: ok I will head out now and then continue
      further with next steps

      Maria-Agnese:
      http://www.unevoc.net/fileadmin/user_upload/pubs/IntLib_DiscP_PostConf.pdf
      :: this is a publication about the role of radio in a post conflict time
      :: hi Benoit!

      Benoit: Hi Maria and Andrius, I dont know if this can help but here is
      the list of diplomatic missions in Keynya:
      http://www2.tagish.co.uk/Links/embassy1b.nsf/Embassies:%20Host%20Countries%20-%20K
      and this next one is to search where Kenya has diplomatic missions in
      the world http://www2.tagish.co.uk/Links/embassy1b.nsf/launch?openform
      :: I cant stay long. It is quite amasing to read the chat of today.

      Maria-Agnese: this could be a starting point with ngos :: sorry i have
      to stop and go home. i'll read the cht in the archive and i hope Andrius
      will summarize it :: bye!

      Benoit: Such activity represents the seedlings of where governance needs
      to nurture and to release the help from. By Maria. Good work! :: /room
      English :: Talk with you later. Salut...

      Dennis: Hello all :: /msg AndriusKulikauskas

      AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Dennis :: Are you writing from Kenya? Is this
      Dennis Kimambo? :: Thank you for your letter to Rising Voices!

      -----------------------------------------------


      [21:20:34] Andrius Kulikauskas: Hi Serina, any news from Kenya? Do you
      have Tom Ochuka's phone number. Agnese says that he was robbed. I would
      like to try to call him.
      [21:22:33] Serina: Hi Andrius! I believe he is using the same number
      that is on the wiki. I have tried calling Kenya but the connection is so
      bad.
      [21:23:06] … I was to travel but Sweden has imposed a travel ban
      [21:23:33] … many people are fleeing and the worst hit place is Eldoret
      [21:23:38] Andrius Kulikauskas: Hmm, his number is not on our wiki.
      [21:24:02] Serina: where people are seeking refuge in the 'Burnt Forest'
      as it's called
      [21:25:59] … We need your ideas on this we alrady have the
      costings with us.
      Thanks
      DEAFIMPACT
      P.O.BOX 3100
      KISUMU
      KENYA
      TEL +254725678641
      [21:26:14] … the number is there...just found it
      [21:27:56] … it was among the earlier correspondence...sorry it was
      yahoo groups
      [21:28:18] Andrius Kulikauskas: ideas on which?
      [21:29:13] … We had a good chat today and my thought is to focus on
      encouraging dialogue with members and leaders of the Party of National
      Unity so that they would encourage the President to call for an audit of
      the election results.
      [21:29:26] … because that would stop everything right away
      [21:29:39] … and it would overcome the hatred if we reach out to that party
      [21:29:50] … so we need to find as many people there as possible
      [21:30:44] Serina: the commisioner in charge of elections has admitted
      he was pressurized to announce the results and he is not sure whether
      the president was the winner
      [21:30:54] Andrius Kulikauskas: yes
      [21:30:58] Serina: so that is a breakthrough in itself
      [21:31:09] Andrius Kulikauskas: but now it's a matter of "looking from
      your opponents point of view"
      [21:31:18] … looking from the President's point of view is the key
      [21:31:27] … how can he be reached?
      [21:31:31] … best by his own party
      [21:31:38] Serina: even if he opens parliament, the first issue will be
      a vote of no confidence then the elections have to be carried out again
      [21:31:50] Andrius Kulikauskas: yes
      [21:31:53] Serina: i haven't the slightest clue
      [21:32:08] … he has been very quiet on the whole issue
      [21:32:11] Andrius Kulikauskas: do you know any party members?
      [21:32:24] … we can encourage such phone calls to party members
      [21:32:31] … and ask them to request an audit
      [21:32:41] … for the sake of the party
      [21:32:48] … and all of Kenya
      [21:33:30] … The opposition won a majority in parliament, yes?
      [21:33:33] Serina: It's difficult to know among the ordinary people but
      kenyan bloggers are writing open letters
      [21:34:24] … thats what the people demand hence the chaos
      [21:34:44] Andrius Kulikauskas: so it's important to look at the
      opponent's point of view
      [21:35:14] Serina: everyone should have their say
      [21:36:22] … we are open minded
      [21:36:28] … to dialogue
      [21:38:43] … exuse me
      [21:40:40] … Have to go now
    • Samwel Kongere
      Andrius, Ricardo, Maria, Janet and all, I could not ge through to you yesterday evening, everything was not kind to us . People are always alert mostly in the
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        Andrius, Ricardo, Maria, Janet and all,
         
         
        I could not ge through to you yesterday evening, everything was not kind to us . People are always alert mostly in the evenings. Yesterday the banks started working. The situation is still very tense: this morning all over, citizens are warming up alert on what the oppostion leader Raila Odinga will communicate to them today after the peaceful demostration in Nairobi and all over Kenya. The population is drasticaly affected, the violence has brought a catastrophe which cannot be solved by negotaition because those who are affected are not heard, on the ground the situation is horrible as we talked with Andrius and Maria yesterday.
         
        I have been having difficulties in accssing internet but today we are relaxed and the there is minimal movement, no public vehicles for transport, no transportation of food stuffs, children, women are going hungry, it is`really bad  for God''s Sake. Kennedy Owino was able to travel safely to Nairobi from Amboseli; it is near Nairobi but he has no food and can'nt travel out. Any assistance through him to others strapped in Nairobi will be appreciated.
         
        I am also very thankful for the concern you have for our beloved country Kenya. Our need is humanitatrian assistance which can be sent to through Andrius and Ricardo to me. I can   access the bank as well as Western Union near  here. We can hurry up and buy cereals, blankets, towletries etc  for children and other sick peolple who are campimg at churches, police stations, and health centres. In our area police are becoming tired and some of them are killed by locals. If at all the situation is not handled the way the communities affected need, then Kenya is going to be another Kosovo, Rwanda but much worse. The already displaced families will not go back to their homes as the situation in Eldoret is worsenning.
         
        I am still online and will be able to feed you, keep you dated of the improvement of the situation.
         
        SAM

        Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
        Tomorrow we'll chat again to help Kenyans in the post-election turmoil
        http://www.worknets.org/chat/
        We'll start at 15:00 Kenya time, 12:00 UK, 7:00 New York but you can
        come any time and maybe you will find somebody to chat with.

        We're looking for short term ways to help. The situation is serious
        (transportation unavailable, communications shut down, food and water
        shortages, lawlessness and ethnic turmoil). The long term prospects are
        good (the opposition has won many seats in the parliament, which will
        meet in March, and there is a widespread concern for the country). We're
        trying to help individuals help others and also avert a civil war or a
        genocide as occurred in Rwanda.

        The simplest way to help right now is to make phone calls to Kenyans and
        send SMS messages. We are making a list and encouraging calls (note that
        Kenyan time is GMT+3 and the country code is +254. Check the price per
        minute - I recommend using Skype http://www.skype.com).
        +254 725 600 439 Samwel Kongere in Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria near
        Mbita Point. We spoke in the morning but he didn't answer in the
        evening. Samwel is safe and he will try to write in the coming days.
        +254 722 366 777 Muyela is a lawyer in Nakuru who we met today through
        Davis Weddi. We spoke for 15 minutes, see the chat transcript. Muyela
        made clear that everything would stop in one day if the current
        President simply called for an audit of the election results. If you
        call Muyela, then please let him know of Dennis Kimambo's work there
        organizing peace meetings, see Dennis' letter below.
        +254 722 388 275 Dennis Kimambo in Nakuru, community theatre leader and
        peace activist, see http://wiki.rising.globalvoicesonline.org/REPACTED
        +254 725 678 641 Tom Ochuka in Kisumu, one of the hardest hit areas. I
        spoke with Tom tonight for 10 minutes. He was robbed and lost his
        digital camera, the pay phone from which his family makes a living, a
        gas cylinder and some funds. I will send him money that Ricardo donated.
        This is for his family, and if anybody has more to donate, Tom can
        organize support for the deaf he works with in Deaf Impact, this is a
        great time to help. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?TomOchuka
        +254 723 568 251 Kennedy Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats in Nairobi's
        slums. Kennedy would be a great person to support, especially if he
        could distribute and organize help in Nairobi. This morning Samwel said
        that Kennedy was safe but had no transport into Nairobi.
        http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenOwino http://www.nafsiafriacrobats.org
        +254 720 462 559 David Mutua of Teachers Talking Kenya- outside Nairobi
        in Kangundo district. He is from a minority tribe but perhaps he has
        contacts with people in the President's party which I imagine dominates
        there. Pamela McLean has not succeeded in contacting him.
        Ronald Omondi - western part of Kenya, Nyando district, 100 km from
        Kisumu - what is his telephone number?
        Add to our list...

        Asif Daya, thank you for help and it would indeed be great if you might
        coordinate this further! I will keep you posted regarding fundraising.

        As Muyelo told me, the entire crisis would end in a day if President
        Mwai Kibaki were to call for an audit of the election results. I
        encourage us to "think from our opponent's point of view" which is the
        foundation for "fighting peacefully". What reasons might sway the
        President to call for an audit? Certainly, he might listen to his own
        party. Therefore it is key to engage members and leaders of the
        President's Party for National Unity. I encourage us to find them and
        get their permission to share their phone numbers so that people could
        call them and dialogue with them. And perhaps they might declare their
        support for such an audit and encourages others as well or offer their
        recommendations. Certainly dialogue with them would help reduce strife
        and tensions.

        Tom agreed with this. He also said it would help to get news of the
        international response. Currently they get state television from Nairobi
        and there is no live coverage. Also, Kisumu is cut off from Nairobi by
        tribal differences. Thus it would be helpful to get reports of what is
        happening in Nairobi. I think also that sometimes people locally aren't
        in touch with each other (or they run out of phone credits). So it is
        helpful to relay messages between, say, Muyelo and Dennis Kimbambo in
        Nakuru.

        Josephat Ndibalema of Uyoga in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is leading our
        translation work into Kiswahili. Our priority now is to translate
        summaries international news as Tom suggests and make that available for
        posting, emailing and printing. Sasha Mrkailo is also collecting texts
        and links, including short works or passages about nonviolent
        engagement, which will be relevant if this crisis continues. Who might
        help him? We're collecting that at
        http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication

        Thank you to Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda and to Kiyavilo Msekwa in
        Arusa, Tanzania who are both a couple of hours from Kenya and will help
        us help refugees coming into those countries. Davis linked us with
        Muyelo and also will be in touch with refugee leaders tomorrow. They
        will report on the refugees' needs, spread their news, and tell us of
        the organizations working there. Thank you for your quick response! I
        have sent them each 100 USD for their work.

        We should contact interested media who would like such reports. I'm also
        sharing with Rising Voices and asking for help from bloggers. Asif
        suggested the Christian Science Monitor.

        It's been reported that Kenyans who send SMS messages will be arrested.
        However, given the shortage of police and understanding the importance
        of widespread activism, I think that such civil disobedience is welcome.
        In a dissident society it's important that everybody risk at least a
        little bit, and that we allow for the entire range of risk takers, from
        the most bold to the most timid.

        I will try to set up a wiki in Kiswahili for our work. Perhaps Helmut
        Leitner will be able to help me tomorrow, we had considered this some
        time ago and it may be easy to turn our existing wiki into a "wiki farm".

        I include below Dennis' letter, Asif's letter, today's chat transcript
        and my chat with Serina, a Kenyan student is Sweden.

        I look forward to chatting tomorrow. There's lot of work for volunteers!
        I also welcome contributions by PayPal to ms@... and let us know what
        you'd like to contribute towards.

        Andrius

        Andrius Kulikauskas
        Minciu Sodas
        http://www.ms.lt
        ms@...
        +370 699 30003
        Vilnius, Lithuania


        ------------------------

        Hello all

        Its sad what is happening in our country Kenya, hopefully peace will
        come back ts very sad what we are seeing in other parts of this county
        and our own town here in Nakuru, a good note to this side as we are all
        affected we carried out a meeting today with two ethnic groups that are
        both very much involved with what is happening and tension has been
        building up, at Free Area where most of the landlords are Kikuyu's and
        the Tenants Luo's we used magnet theatre to have a forum with them, and
        it was a very fired meeting as both side tried to prove that they are
        right in what is happening at the end of the day we all agreed that the
        leadership should help with the problem nationally but as locals staying
        here in Nakuru as neighbors they agreed to refrain from violence and
        they will hold the same meetings every 3 days just to help one another
        with the tension and console those who have lost there family in other
        parts of the country, this was possible with the help of the chief of
        the area, as we continue to push for peace we are asking you to pray for
        this country
        Attached are 2 pics from the meeting

        ---------------------------------------------------------------


        Hi Everyone:

        I am struck with a sense of brother/sisterhood to see the concerns
        people have outside of Kenya and especially folks from our groups. Thank
        You.

        Andrius I will help in any way that is possible to bring peace and
        security to our fellow Kenyans.

        Right now there is no fuel for cars, no Kerosene for cooking nor
        charcoal/coal. There are splinters of small shops open for shopping and
        the lines are long....but the riots continue. People are sleeping in
        other peoples garages to hide from the riots. The majority in Kenya is
        Kikuyu and the info that Andrius gave was absolutely correct on the
        ethnicities of the presidential make up and also of Samwell. I am very
        concerned about Samwell. I tried to call him too. I wish we had a way to
        reach an NGO. The net may be the best way. There is hardly any food.
        People keep worrying about Rwanda in the back of their minds.

        Here is a resource:

        http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0102/p06s03-woaf.html

        This is what I found from a Kenyan site:

        I have just visited GoPetition and found the following page very
        interesting:
        http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kibaki-must-step-down.html

        Here is another one that was working a few days back:

        Just click on the link and sign petition,

        http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kibaki-must-resign/signatures-page2.html

        When you mail the petition links to others, please DO NOT mail this
        e-mail - retributions are common....especially from the Embassy.

        Andrius is right, we must write to our representatives to implement
        peace either by a recount or some other way, but they must be fully engaged.

        I understand from the latest news that Mr. Odinga has called for a
        Million man march to Uhuru Park - but that is going to be a bloodshed if
        the police are engaged - since their orders are to use live rounds of
        bullets. I cry for the people of Kenya - they all want peace, but also
        want a fair election. The scenario is ruined by looters and those that
        destroy due to engaging in ethnic differences.

        May God Bless The People Of Kenya.

        Asif

        ---------------------------------------------------------------


        Andrius Kulikauskas in Lithuania
        Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia
        Josephat Ndibalema in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the capital
        Kiyavilo Msekwa in Arusha, Tanzania near the border with Kenya
        Maria Agnese Giraudo near Rome, Italy
        Ricardo in the UK
        Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda
        Fred Kayiwa in Kampala, Uganda
        Kevin in India and from Uganda
        Rojo from Colombia
        Pamela McLean in the UK
        Dennis Kimambo from Kenya
        Benoit Couture in Alberta, Canada

        http://www.worknets.org/archive/


        AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Agnese, yes I am now :: Good morning, Ricardo!
        I'm taking some steps to help Kenya. Then I'll work on my philosophy,
        have lunch with Tomas Cepaitis and be back for your phone call. When do
        we talk?

        Sasha: HI, I am really upset with the situation in Kenya

        AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Sasha, I am here. Thank you for your help and
        Josephat agreed that they would translate information into Kiswahili.
        Can you collect some useful information that could be put into a flyer,
        for example, contact numbers for help? :: We can have papers printed in
        Tanzania and they can be taken into Kenya by bus or they can be
        downloaded from the Internet and distributed in Kenya.

        Ricardo: Hi everyone.

        Sasha: hi Ricardo :: nice to se you here :: that is if you are stil here

        Ricardo: Hi Sasha. How are you?

        Sasha: nice thank you :: but was very upset with Kenya news :: HI Pam ::
        just reading some Kenyan blogs :: now is the situation where an includer
        would be of enourmus help :: especially coupled with some radio abilities

        Ricardo: Yes. I saw the TV news with burning houses in Kibera, where Ken
        Owino's Nafsi Arika group lives and works.

        Pam: Hi Sasha and everyone :: hi

        Sasha: terible :: its quite upseting for me because I felt same few
        years ago :: and had similar experiences :: so I can understand how much
        painful this can be

        JosephatNdibalema: Hi everybody

        Ricardo: Do you know whether Ken Owino has been in touch? There was a
        communications blackout.

        AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Ricardo, Josephat, Sasha

        Ricardo: Hi Josephat, Andrius.

        AndriusKulikauskas: Yes I spoke with Samwel and he is in touch with Ken
        :: and they are both fine.

        Sasha: yes Maria Agnese talked with Ken and Sam today I think

        JosephatNdibalema: Fine A ndrius but the new year is'nt welcoming for
        our friends in Kenya

        Ricardo: That's good. I hope things settle down soon.

        Sasha: terrible :: is there some way we can help them?

        AndriusKulikauskas: I sent 100 USD to Davis Weddi and also to Kims in
        Arusha, Tanzania near the border

        Sasha: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenya

        AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat I am glad that you can translate

        Sasha: we have here a page where we can add something, ideas
        suggestions, informations....

        AndriusKulikauskas: I think that you could work with Sasha and he could
        find materials :: and Uyoga could translate them into Kiswahili

        Sasha: also have read that it has side effects on other countries in the
        region :: like Uganda

        JosephatNdibalema: Yes i better work on that to help our friends in Kenya

        AndriusKulikauskas: I think it would be go to have even single pages
        (flyers) :: and they could be put online for download and for printing
        and photocopying and distribution :: with the most helpful information
        that could be put on one page

        Sasha: this situation shows how vulnerable are centralised
        communications networks like sms in timesof troubles

        AndriusKulikauskas: such as contact information for NGOs that can help

        Sasha: good idea Andrius

        AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha, please, can you work on this with Josephat ::
        the pages can contain URLs where people can find information

        Sasha: yes I can :: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenya

        AndriusKulikauskas: Also we can set up a Kiswahili wiki :: I will try to
        do that today

        Sasha: here is the page wwhere we can gather informatins

        Ricardo: Andrius, is there any way we can help by organizing better
        communications for people?

        Sasha: Maria Agnese told me that they have internet acces :: but I cant
        see any new email from them

        Ricardo: ...perhaps relaying messages from one family member to another.

        Sasha: shortwave radio is a greaat tool :: I have located Kenyan ham
        radio association on the web

        JosephatNdibalema: I suggest that it better if we find iformation on
        civil education that can be translated into Kiswahili to help Kenyan
        citizens

        AndriusKulikauskas: yes we should set up a wiki in Kiswahili

        Sasha: but they dont have any usefull info

        AndriusKulikauskas: and also organize a "phone center" :: because the
        phones are working and I think SMS will too in a few days

        Ricardo: It may be useful just to find out what communications method
        are still working and which aren't, then make that info available to people.

        AndriusKulikauskas: so to help people stay in touch

        Sasha: amateur radio communications are very efficient and reliable in
        this kind of disasers

        AndriusKulikauskas: yes Ricardo

        Sasha: great :: lets put up a page on that :: but first we have to have
        someone on the ground who can give us the info what is working and what
        is not

        Mariaagnese: ken has sent me an sms

        Sasha: can somebody call Sam or Ken and gather info on this?

        Mariaagnese: soperhaps now they cabn receive sms

        Sasha: I dont think that is reliable :: and probably will not work soon

        Ricardo: Andrius, you know everyone, so perhaps you can contact as many
        as possible and collect the info. I think you said that you could
        contact Sam and he is in touch with Ken Owino.

        Sasha: if thing go worse which I hope they wont

        AndriusKulikauskas: I have to allow others to do that :: Sasha can help
        and so can others

        Sasha: its not good to hand everything down to Andrius :: to much
        centralised thinking

        AndriusKulikauskas: Fred was interested to help with phone calls ::
        Agnese did you learn about Fred's visa?

        Sasha: Fred is good, he is our man on the field and he is nearby

        Ricardo: Ok. I can text Sam and see what he knows. I'll do that now and
        see what response I get.

        AndriusKulikauskas: I'm calling Helmut Leitner to ask about ProWiki.

        Sasha: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication :: I think
        that most important now is the information, for the Kenyans :: what is
        happening and where

        AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what do you think would be most helpful?
        What kind of information should we translate? Are there refugees or
        travelers coming by bus to Dar es Salaam from Kenya?

        Sasha: if the sms is working perhaps we can make ya some kind of
        newslater an send it to people in Ken :: Kenya with the lates news ::
        newsletter

        JosephatNdibalema: Andrius no any transport going to KeNYA and out of KeNYA

        Sasha: typical :: they want to control the media situation and control
        the people by controloling the informations flow :: it would be good to
        gather info on Kenyan blogs to see is there someone actually bloging now

        JosephatNdibalema: People have been fearing for the current situation
        and security is intensive along Tanzania Kenya border but not closed

        Maria-Agnese: I suugest that we collaborate with associations in Kenya
        Uganda, Tanzania at the border

        Sasha: yes , they are closer there and better know what is really happening

        AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese that's a good idea and we have David Weddi at
        the Ugandan border and Kims at the Tanzanian border :: and they can
        learn which organizations are working there and what kind of help do
        they need?

        Sasha: are there radio amateurs in Dar es Salam?

        JosephatNdibalema: I wish to call Kiyavilo evening and ask him about the
        situation near the border b'se A rusha is very close to the border ::
        Sasha no there is 'nt

        AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha that is a good idea - we could organize radio
        amateurs in Tanzania and Uganda and help them send news :: perhaps Davis
        Weddi knows some, I think he works with radio

        Ricardo: I've just sent an SMS Text to Sam to ask whether everyone is
        okay and whether we can contact Ken Owino by SMS or email.

        JosephatNdibalema: Very interesting idea radio amateurs

        Sasha: here is the page with latest blogs on Kenya ::
        http://www.kenyaunlimited.com/aggregator/ :: it seems that the ne is
        stil open for them :: despite media blackout :: some kind of sms forum
        http://www.mashada.com/forums/ :: whre people are giving latest news

        AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, why is there no transport? And how are
        people crossing the border? On foot? :: Does anybody have more
        information about Tom Ochuka in Kisumu (Maria said he was robbed). Can
        we send him money?

        Sasha: a post from that forum This just goes to confirm how fragile how
        social fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other,
        whole country is on fire. Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

        Maria-Agnese: we have to wait for samwel email to know about Tom ::
        there are internet sites of radio amateurs

        Ricardo: Andrius. I've added a section to your Worknet
        KenyaCommunication page for people to enter the working and non-working
        comms methods. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyaCommunication

        Maria-Agnese: Sahsa send a great message to the forum!!! as you have
        sent to me!

        Sasha: I will try :: This just goes to confirm how fragile how social
        fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other, whole
        country is on fire. :: Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

        Ricardo: Andrius, I can phone you about the Includer after this chat if
        you like. Is that okay with you?

        Kiyavilo: /room Kiswahili :: /room English

        JosephatNdibalema: Sorry connection is bringing trouble,yes Andrius
        transport to Kenya has stoped due to violence ,bus owners fear ,they say
        we can go until we are sure of asecurity,may be Kiyavilo can tell more

        Ricardo: Hi Kims. How are you?

        Kiyavilo: Hello everyone

        Sasha: hi

        AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

        Sasha: I cant find any Kenyan ham operator

        JosephatNdibalema: Welcome Kims,tell us what do you experience in Arusha
        due to ethinic violence in Kenya

        Sasha: web page

        Maria-Agnese: hi everybody

        Kiyavilo: /room English :: /room English :: /room ExtraChat1 :: /room
        ExtraChat2 :: /room ExtraChat3 :: /room Lietuviu :: LT: /room HelpOurClients

        Ricardo: Andrius. You mentioned Kisumu. On the TV news yesterday, it
        said there was a curfew. I don't know whether it is still in place and
        24 Hour. It may stop Tom Ochuka picking up any money if we send it.

        LT: Kiyavilo: /room English


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          Samwel:

          Nice to hear that you are safe. I have some friends of mine in Nairobi that are holding some funds for me. Can you get there? I have not been able to reach them, but if I do, is it possible for you to get there safely? I pray for you and your family. Let me know how I can help?
           
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          From: Samwel Kongere [mailto:jambita1@...]
          Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 2:37 AM
          To: mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; learningfromeachother; holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com; onereachinganother@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [learningfromeachother] Re: [mendenyo] How we're helping Kenyans

          Andrius, Ricardo, Maria, Janet and all,
           
           
          I could not ge through to you yesterday evening, everything was not kind to us . People are always alert mostly in the evenings. Yesterday the banks started working. The situation is still very tense: this morning all over, citizens are warming up alert on what the oppostion leader Raila Odinga will communicate to them today after the peaceful demostration in Nairobi and all over Kenya. The population is drasticaly affected, the violence has brought a catastrophe which cannot be solved by negotaition because those who are affected are not heard, on the ground the situation is horrible as we talked with Andrius and Maria yesterday.
           
          I have been having difficulties in accssing internet but today we are relaxed and the there is minimal movement, no public vehicles for transport, no transportation of food stuffs, children, women are going hungry, it is`really bad  for God''s Sake. Kennedy Owino was able to travel safely to Nairobi from Amboseli; it is near Nairobi but he has no food and can'nt travel out. Any assistance through him to others strapped in Nairobi will be appreciated.
           
          I am also very thankful for the concern you have for our beloved country Kenya. Our need is humanitatrian assistance which can be sent to through Andrius and Ricardo to me. I can   access the bank as well as Western Union near  here. We can hurry up and buy cereals, blankets, towletries etc  for children and other sick peolple who are campimg at churches, police stations, and health centres. In our area police are becoming tired and some of them are killed by locals. If at all the situation is not handled the way the communities affected need, then Kenya is going to be another Kosovo, Rwanda but much worse. The already displaced families will not go back to their homes as the situation in Eldoret is worsenning.
           
          I am still online and will be able to feed you, keep you dated of the improvement of the situation.
           
          SAM

          Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
          Tomorrow we'll chat again to help Kenyans in the post-election turmoil
          http://www.worknets .org/chat/
          We'll start at 15:00 Kenya time, 12:00 UK, 7:00 New York but you can
          come any time and maybe you will find somebody to chat with.

          We're looking for short term ways to help. The situation is serious
          (transportation unavailable, communications shut down, food and water
          shortages, lawlessness and ethnic turmoil). The long term prospects are
          good (the opposition has won many seats in the parliament, which will
          meet in March, and there is a widespread concern for the country). We're
          trying to help individuals help others and also avert a civil war or a
          genocide as occurred in Rwanda.

          The simplest way to help right now is to make phone calls to Kenyans and
          send SMS messages. We are making a list and encouraging calls (note that
          Kenyan time is GMT+3 and the country code is +254. Check the price per
          minute - I recommend using Skype http://www.skype. com).
          +254 725 600 439 Samwel Kongere in Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria near
          Mbita Point. We spoke in the morning but he didn't answer in the
          evening. Samwel is safe and he will try to write in the coming days.
          +254 722 366 777 Muyela is a lawyer in Nakuru who we met today through
          Davis Weddi. We spoke for 15 minutes, see the chat transcript. Muyela
          made clear that everything would stop in one day if the current
          President simply called for an audit of the election results. If you
          call Muyela, then please let him know of Dennis Kimambo's work there
          organizing peace meetings, see Dennis' letter below.
          +254 722 388 275 Dennis Kimambo in Nakuru, community theatre leader and
          peace activist, see http://wiki. rising.globalvoi cesonline. org/REPACTED
          +254 725 678 641 Tom Ochuka in Kisumu, one of the hardest hit areas. I
          spoke with Tom tonight for 10 minutes. He was robbed and lost his
          digital camera, the pay phone from which his family makes a living, a
          gas cylinder and some funds. I will send him money that Ricardo donated.
          This is for his family, and if anybody has more to donate, Tom can
          organize support for the deaf he works with in Deaf Impact, this is a
          great time to help. http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?TomOchuka
          +254 723 568 251 Kennedy Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats in Nairobi's
          slums. Kennedy would be a great person to support, especially if he
          could distribute and organize help in Nairobi. This morning Samwel said
          that Kennedy was safe but had no transport into Nairobi.
          http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenOwino http://www.nafsiafr iacrobats. org
          +254 720 462 559 David Mutua of Teachers Talking Kenya- outside Nairobi
          in Kangundo district. He is from a minority tribe but perhaps he has
          contacts with people in the President's party which I imagine dominates
          there. Pamela McLean has not succeeded in contacting him.
          Ronald Omondi - western part of Kenya, Nyando district, 100 km from
          Kisumu - what is his telephone number?
          Add to our list...

          Asif Daya, thank you for help and it would indeed be great if you might
          coordinate this further! I will keep you posted regarding fundraising.

          As Muyelo told me, the entire crisis would end in a day if President
          Mwai Kibaki were to call for an audit of the election results. I
          encourage us to "think from our opponent's point of view" which is the
          foundation for "fighting peacefully". What reasons might sway the
          President to call for an audit? Certainly, he might listen to his own
          party. Therefore it is key to engage members and leaders of the
          President's Party for National Unity. I encourage us to find them and
          get their permission to share their phone numbers so that people could
          call them and dialogue with them. And perhaps they might declare their
          support for such an audit and encourages others as well or offer their
          recommendations. Certainly dialogue with them would help reduce strife
          and tensions.

          Tom agreed with this. He also said it would help to get news of the
          international response. Currently they get state television from Nairobi
          and there is no live coverage. Also, Kisumu is cut off from Nairobi by
          tribal differences. Thus it would be helpful to get reports of what is
          happening in Nairobi. I think also that sometimes people locally aren't
          in touch with each other (or they run out of phone credits). So it is
          helpful to relay messages between, say, Muyelo and Dennis Kimbambo in
          Nakuru.

          Josephat Ndibalema of Uyoga in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is leading our
          translation work into Kiswahili. Our priority now is to translate
          summaries international news as Tom suggests and make that available for
          posting, emailing and printing. Sasha Mrkailo is also collecting texts
          and links, including short works or passages about nonviolent
          engagement, which will be relevant if this crisis continues. Who might
          help him? We're collecting that at
          http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation

          Thank you to Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda and to Kiyavilo Msekwa in
          Arusa, Tanzania who are both a couple of hours from Kenya and will help
          us help refugees coming into those countries. Davis linked us with
          Muyelo and also will be in touch with refugee leaders tomorrow. They
          will report on the refugees' needs, spread their news, and tell us of
          the organizations working there. Thank you for your quick response! I
          have sent them each 100 USD for their work.

          We should contact interested media who would like such reports. I'm also
          sharing with Rising Voices and asking for help from bloggers. Asif
          suggested the Christian Science Monitor.

          It's been reported that Kenyans who send SMS messages will be arrested.
          However, given the shortage of police and understanding the importance
          of widespread activism, I think that such civil disobedience is welcome.
          In a dissident society it's important that everybody risk at least a
          little bit, and that we allow for the entire range of risk takers, from
          the most bold to the most timid.

          I will try to set up a wiki in Kiswahili for our work. Perhaps Helmut
          Leitner will be able to help me tomorrow, we had considered this some
          time ago and it may be easy to turn our existing wiki into a "wiki farm".

          I include below Dennis' letter, Asif's letter, today's chat transcript
          and my chat with Serina, a Kenyan student is Sweden.

          I look forward to chatting tomorrow. There's lot of work for volunteers!
          I also welcome contributions by PayPal to ms@... and let us know what
          you'd like to contribute towards.

          Andrius

          Andrius Kulikauskas
          Minciu Sodas
          http://www.ms. lt
          ms@...
          +370 699 30003
          Vilnius, Lithuania


          ------------ --------- ---

          Hello all

          Its sad what is happening in our country Kenya, hopefully peace will
          come back ts very sad what we are seeing in other parts of this county
          and our own town here in Nakuru, a good note to this side as we are all
          affected we carried out a meeting today with two ethnic groups that are
          both very much involved with what is happening and tension has been
          building up, at Free Area where most of the landlords are Kikuyu's and
          the Tenants Luo's we used magnet theatre to have a forum with them, and
          it was a very fired meeting as both side tried to prove that they are
          right in what is happening at the end of the day we all agreed that the
          leadership should help with the problem nationally but as locals staying
          here in Nakuru as neighbors they agreed to refrain from violence and
          they will hold the same meetings every 3 days just to help one another
          with the tension and console those who have lost there family in other
          parts of the country, this was possible with the help of the chief of
          the area, as we continue to push for peace we are asking you to pray for
          this country
          Attached are 2 pics from the meeting

          ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ------


          Hi Everyone:

          I am struck with a sense of brother/sisterhood to see the concerns
          people have outside of Kenya and especially folks from our groups. Thank
          You.

          Andrius I will help in any way that is possible to bring peace and
          security to our fellow Kenyans.

          Right now there is no fuel for cars, no Kerosene for cooking nor
          charcoal/coal. There are splinters of small shops open for shopping and
          the lines are long....but the riots continue. People are sleeping in
          other peoples garages to hide from the riots. The majority in Kenya is
          Kikuyu and the info that Andrius gave was absolutely correct on the
          ethnicities of the presidential make up and also of Samwell. I am very
          concerned about Samwell. I tried to call him too. I wish we had a way to
          reach an NGO. The net may be the best way. There is hardly any food.
          People keep worrying about Rwanda in the back of their minds.

          Here is a resource:

          http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0102/p06s03- woaf.html

          This is what I found from a Kenyan site:

          I have just visited GoPetition and found the following page very
          interesting:
          http://www.gopetiti on.com/petitions /kibaki-must- step-down. html

          Here is another one that was working a few days back:

          Just click on the link and sign petition,

          http://www.gopetiti on.com/petitions /kibaki-must- resign/signature s-page2.html

          When you mail the petition links to others, please DO NOT mail this
          e-mail - retributions are common....especiall y from the Embassy.

          Andrius is right, we must write to our representatives to implement
          peace either by a recount or some other way, but they must be fully engaged.

          I understand from the latest news that Mr. Odinga has called for a
          Million man march to Uhuru Park - but that is going to be a bloodshed if
          the police are engaged - since their orders are to use live rounds of
          bullets. I cry for the people of Kenya - they all want peace, but also
          want a fair election. The scenario is ruined by looters and those that
          destroy due to engaging in ethnic differences.

          May God Bless The People Of Kenya.

          Asif

          ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ------


          Andrius Kulikauskas in Lithuania
          Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia
          Josephat Ndibalema in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the capital
          Kiyavilo Msekwa in Arusha, Tanzania near the border with Kenya
          Maria Agnese Giraudo near Rome, Italy
          Ricardo in the UK
          Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda
          Fred Kayiwa in Kampala, Uganda
          Kevin in India and from Uganda
          Rojo from Colombia
          Pamela McLean in the UK
          Dennis Kimambo from Kenya
          Benoit Couture in Alberta, Canada

          http://www.worknets .org/archive/


          AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Agnese, yes I am now :: Good morning, Ricardo!
          I'm taking some steps to help Kenya. Then I'll work on my philosophy,
          have lunch with Tomas Cepaitis and be back for your phone call. When do
          we talk?

          Sasha: HI, I am really upset with the situation in Kenya

          AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Sasha, I am here. Thank you for your help and
          Josephat agreed that they would translate information into Kiswahili.
          Can you collect some useful information that could be put into a flyer,
          for example, contact numbers for help? :: We can have papers printed in
          Tanzania and they can be taken into Kenya by bus or they can be
          downloaded from the Internet and distributed in Kenya.

          Ricardo: Hi everyone.

          Sasha: hi Ricardo :: nice to se you here :: that is if you are stil here

          Ricardo: Hi Sasha. How are you?

          Sasha: nice thank you :: but was very upset with Kenya news :: HI Pam ::
          just reading some Kenyan blogs :: now is the situation where an includer
          would be of enourmus help :: especially coupled with some radio abilities

          Ricardo: Yes. I saw the TV news with burning houses in Kibera, where Ken
          Owino's Nafsi Arika group lives and works.

          Pam: Hi Sasha and everyone :: hi

          Sasha: terible :: its quite upseting for me because I felt same few
          years ago :: and had similar experiences :: so I can understand how much
          painful this can be

          JosephatNdibalema: Hi everybody

          Ricardo: Do you know whether Ken Owino has been in touch? There was a
          communications blackout.

          AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Ricardo, Josephat, Sasha

          Ricardo: Hi Josephat, Andrius.

          AndriusKulikauskas: Yes I spoke with Samwel and he is in touch with Ken
          :: and they are both fine.

          Sasha: yes Maria Agnese talked with Ken and Sam today I think

          JosephatNdibalema: Fine A ndrius but the new year is'nt welcoming for
          our friends in Kenya

          Ricardo: That's good. I hope things settle down soon.

          Sasha: terrible :: is there some way we can help them?

          AndriusKulikauskas: I sent 100 USD to Davis Weddi and also to Kims in
          Arusha, Tanzania near the border

          Sasha: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenya

          AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat I am glad that you can translate

          Sasha: we have here a page where we can add something, ideas
          suggestions, informations. ...

          AndriusKulikauskas: I think that you could work with Sasha and he could
          find materials :: and Uyoga could translate them into Kiswahili

          Sasha: also have read that it has side effects on other countries in the
          region :: like Uganda

          JosephatNdibalema: Yes i better work on that to help our friends in Kenya

          AndriusKulikauskas: I think it would be go to have even single pages
          (flyers) :: and they could be put online for download and for printing
          and photocopying and distribution :: with the most helpful information
          that could be put on one page

          Sasha: this situation shows how vulnerable are centralised
          communications networks like sms in timesof troubles

          AndriusKulikauskas: such as contact information for NGOs that can help

          Sasha: good idea Andrius

          AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha, please, can you work on this with Josephat ::
          the pages can contain URLs where people can find information

          Sasha: yes I can :: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenya

          AndriusKulikauskas: Also we can set up a Kiswahili wiki :: I will try to
          do that today

          Sasha: here is the page wwhere we can gather informatins

          Ricardo: Andrius, is there any way we can help by organizing better
          communications for people?

          Sasha: Maria Agnese told me that they have internet acces :: but I cant
          see any new email from them

          Ricardo: ...perhaps relaying messages from one family member to another.

          Sasha: shortwave radio is a greaat tool :: I have located Kenyan ham
          radio association on the web

          JosephatNdibalema: I suggest that it better if we find iformation on
          civil education that can be translated into Kiswahili to help Kenyan
          citizens

          AndriusKulikauskas: yes we should set up a wiki in Kiswahili

          Sasha: but they dont have any usefull info

          AndriusKulikauskas: and also organize a "phone center" :: because the
          phones are working and I think SMS will too in a few days

          Ricardo: It may be useful just to find out what communications method
          are still working and which aren't, then make that info available to people.

          AndriusKulikauskas: so to help people stay in touch

          Sasha: amateur radio communications are very efficient and reliable in
          this kind of disasers

          AndriusKulikauskas: yes Ricardo

          Sasha: great :: lets put up a page on that :: but first we have to have
          someone on the ground who can give us the info what is working and what
          is not

          Mariaagnese: ken has sent me an sms

          Sasha: can somebody call Sam or Ken and gather info on this?

          Mariaagnese: soperhaps now they cabn receive sms

          Sasha: I dont think that is reliable :: and probably will not work soon

          Ricardo: Andrius, you know everyone, so perhaps you can contact as many
          as possible and collect the info. I think you said that you could
          contact Sam and he is in touch with Ken Owino.

          Sasha: if thing go worse which I hope they wont

          AndriusKulikauskas: I have to allow others to do that :: Sasha can help
          and so can others

          Sasha: its not good to hand everything down to Andrius :: to much
          centralised thinking

          AndriusKulikauskas: Fred was interested to help with phone calls ::
          Agnese did you learn about Fred's visa?

          Sasha: Fred is good, he is our man on the field and he is nearby

          Ricardo: Ok. I can text Sam and see what he knows. I'll do that now and
          see what response I get.

          AndriusKulikauskas: I'm calling Helmut Leitner to ask about ProWiki.

          Sasha: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation :: I think
          that most important now is the information, for the Kenyans :: what is
          happening and where

          AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what do you think would be most helpful?
          What kind of information should we translate? Are there refugees or
          travelers coming by bus to Dar es Salaam from Kenya?

          Sasha: if the sms is working perhaps we can make ya some kind of
          newslater an send it to people in Ken :: Kenya with the lates news ::
          newsletter

          JosephatNdibalema: Andrius no any transport going to KeNYA and out of KeNYA

          Sasha: typical :: they want to control the media situation and control
          the people by controloling the informations flow :: it would be good to
          gather info on Kenyan blogs to see is there someone actually bloging now

          JosephatNdibalema: People have been fearing for the current situation
          and security is intensive along Tanzania Kenya border but not closed

          Maria-Agnese: I suugest that we collaborate with associations in Kenya
          Uganda, Tanzania at the border

          Sasha: yes , they are closer there and better know what is really happening

          AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese that's a good idea and we have David Weddi at
          the Ugandan border and Kims at the Tanzanian border :: and they can
          learn which organizations are working there and what kind of help do
          they need?

          Sasha: are there radio amateurs in Dar es Salam?

          JosephatNdibalema: I wish to call Kiyavilo evening and ask him about the
          situation near the border b'se A rusha is very close to the border ::
          Sasha no there is 'nt

          AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha that is a good idea - we could organize radio
          amateurs in Tanzania and Uganda and help them send news :: perhaps Davis
          Weddi knows some, I think he works with radio

          Ricardo: I've just sent an SMS Text to Sam to ask whether everyone is
          okay and whether we can contact Ken Owino by SMS or email.

          JosephatNdibalema: Very interesting idea radio amateurs

          Sasha: here is the page with latest blogs on Kenya ::
          http://www.kenyaunl imited.com/ aggregator/ :: it seems that the ne is
          stil open for them :: despite media blackout :: some kind of sms forum
          http://www.mashada. com/forums/ :: whre people are giving latest news

          AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, why is there no transport? And how are
          people crossing the border? On foot? :: Does anybody have more
          information about Tom Ochuka in Kisumu (Maria said he was robbed). Can
          we send him money?

          Sasha: a post from that forum This just goes to confirm how fragile how
          social fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other,
          whole country is on fire. Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

          Maria-Agnese: we have to wait for samwel email to know about Tom ::
          there are internet sites of radio amateurs

          Ricardo: Andrius. I've added a section to your Worknet
          KenyaCommunication page for people to enter the working and non-working
          comms methods. http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation

          Maria-Agnese: Sahsa send a great message to the forum!!! as you have
          sent to me!

          Sasha: I will try :: This just goes to confirm how fragile how social
          fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other, whole
          country is on fire. :: Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

          Ricardo: Andrius, I can phone you about the Includer after this chat if
          you like. Is that okay with you?

          Kiyavilo: /room Kiswahili :: /room English

          JosephatNdibalema: Sorry connection is bringing trouble,yes Andrius
          transport to Kenya has stoped due to violence ,bus owners fear ,they say
          we can go until we are sure of asecurity,may be Kiyavilo can tell more

          Ricardo: Hi Kims. How are you?

          Kiyavilo: Hello everyone

          Sasha: hi

          AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

          Sasha: I cant find any Kenyan ham operator

          JosephatNdibalema: Welcome Kims,tell us what do you experience in Arusha
          due to ethinic violence in Kenya

          Sasha: web page

          Maria-Agnese: hi everybody

          Kiyavilo: /room English :: /room English :: /room ExtraChat1 :: /room
          ExtraChat2 :: /room ExtraChat3 :: /room Lietuviu :: LT: /room HelpOurClients

          Ricardo: Andrius. You mentioned Kisumu. On the TV news yesterday, it
          said there was a curfew. I don't know whether it is still in place and
          24 Hour. It may stop Tom Ochuka picking up any money if we send it.

          LT: Kiyavilo: /room English


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            From: Samwel Kongere [mailto:jambita1@...]
            Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 2:37 AM
            To: mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; learningfromeachother; holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com; onereachinganother@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [learningfromeachother] Re: [mendenyo] How we're helping Kenyans

            Andrius, Ricardo, Maria, Janet and all,
             
             
            I could not ge through to you yesterday evening, everything was not kind to us . People are always alert mostly in the evenings. Yesterday the banks started working. The situation is still very tense: this morning all over, citizens are warming up alert on what the oppostion leader Raila Odinga will communicate to them today after the peaceful demostration in Nairobi and all over Kenya. The population is drasticaly affected, the violence has brought a catastrophe which cannot be solved by negotaition because those who are affected are not heard, on the ground the situation is horrible as we talked with Andrius and Maria yesterday.
             
            I have been having difficulties in accssing internet but today we are relaxed and the there is minimal movement, no public vehicles for transport, no transportation of food stuffs, children, women are going hungry, it is`really bad  for God''s Sake. Kennedy Owino was able to travel safely to Nairobi from Amboseli; it is near Nairobi but he has no food and can'nt travel out. Any assistance through him to others strapped in Nairobi will be appreciated.
             
            I am also very thankful for the concern you have for our beloved country Kenya. Our need is humanitatrian assistance which can be sent to through Andrius and Ricardo to me. I can   access the bank as well as Western Union near  here. We can hurry up and buy cereals, blankets, towletries etc  for children and other sick peolple who are campimg at churches, police stations, and health centres. In our area police are becoming tired and some of them are killed by locals. If at all the situation is not handled the way the communities affected need, then Kenya is going to be another Kosovo, Rwanda but much worse. The already displaced families will not go back to their homes as the situation in Eldoret is worsenning.
             
            I am still online and will be able to feed you, keep you dated of the improvement of the situation.
             
            SAM

            Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
            Tomorrow we'll chat again to help Kenyans in the post-election turmoil
            http://www.worknets .org/chat/
            We'll start at 15:00 Kenya time, 12:00 UK, 7:00 New York but you can
            come any time and maybe you will find somebody to chat with.

            We're looking for short term ways to help. The situation is serious
            (transportation unavailable, communications shut down, food and water
            shortages, lawlessness and ethnic turmoil). The long term prospects are
            good (the opposition has won many seats in the parliament, which will
            meet in March, and there is a widespread concern for the country). We're
            trying to help individuals help others and also avert a civil war or a
            genocide as occurred in Rwanda.

            The simplest way to help right now is to make phone calls to Kenyans and
            send SMS messages. We are making a list and encouraging calls (note that
            Kenyan time is GMT+3 and the country code is +254. Check the price per
            minute - I recommend using Skype http://www.skype. com).
            +254 725 600 439 Samwel Kongere in Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria near
            Mbita Point. We spoke in the morning but he didn't answer in the
            evening. Samwel is safe and he will try to write in the coming days.
            +254 722 366 777 Muyela is a lawyer in Nakuru who we met today through
            Davis Weddi. We spoke for 15 minutes, see the chat transcript. Muyela
            made clear that everything would stop in one day if the current
            President simply called for an audit of the election results. If you
            call Muyela, then please let him know of Dennis Kimambo's work there
            organizing peace meetings, see Dennis' letter below.
            +254 722 388 275 Dennis Kimambo in Nakuru, community theatre leader and
            peace activist, see http://wiki. rising.globalvoi cesonline. org/REPACTED
            +254 725 678 641 Tom Ochuka in Kisumu, one of the hardest hit areas. I
            spoke with Tom tonight for 10 minutes. He was robbed and lost his
            digital camera, the pay phone from which his family makes a living, a
            gas cylinder and some funds. I will send him money that Ricardo donated.
            This is for his family, and if anybody has more to donate, Tom can
            organize support for the deaf he works with in Deaf Impact, this is a
            great time to help. http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?TomOchuka
            +254 723 568 251 Kennedy Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats in Nairobi's
            slums. Kennedy would be a great person to support, especially if he
            could distribute and organize help in Nairobi. This morning Samwel said
            that Kennedy was safe but had no transport into Nairobi.
            http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenOwino http://www.nafsiafr iacrobats. org
            +254 720 462 559 David Mutua of Teachers Talking Kenya- outside Nairobi
            in Kangundo district. He is from a minority tribe but perhaps he has
            contacts with people in the President's party which I imagine dominates
            there. Pamela McLean has not succeeded in contacting him.
            Ronald Omondi - western part of Kenya, Nyando district, 100 km from
            Kisumu - what is his telephone number?
            Add to our list...

            Asif Daya, thank you for help and it would indeed be great if you might
            coordinate this further! I will keep you posted regarding fundraising.

            As Muyelo told me, the entire crisis would end in a day if President
            Mwai Kibaki were to call for an audit of the election results. I
            encourage us to "think from our opponent's point of view" which is the
            foundation for "fighting peacefully". What reasons might sway the
            President to call for an audit? Certainly, he might listen to his own
            party. Therefore it is key to engage members and leaders of the
            President's Party for National Unity. I encourage us to find them and
            get their permission to share their phone numbers so that people could
            call them and dialogue with them. And perhaps they might declare their
            support for such an audit and encourages others as well or offer their
            recommendations. Certainly dialogue with them would help reduce strife
            and tensions.

            Tom agreed with this. He also said it would help to get news of the
            international response. Currently they get state television from Nairobi
            and there is no live coverage. Also, Kisumu is cut off from Nairobi by
            tribal differences. Thus it would be helpful to get reports of what is
            happening in Nairobi. I think also that sometimes people locally aren't
            in touch with each other (or they run out of phone credits). So it is
            helpful to relay messages between, say, Muyelo and Dennis Kimbambo in
            Nakuru.

            Josephat Ndibalema of Uyoga in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is leading our
            translation work into Kiswahili. Our priority now is to translate
            summaries international news as Tom suggests and make that available for
            posting, emailing and printing. Sasha Mrkailo is also collecting texts
            and links, including short works or passages about nonviolent
            engagement, which will be relevant if this crisis continues. Who might
            help him? We're collecting that at
            http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation

            Thank you to Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda and to Kiyavilo Msekwa in
            Arusa, Tanzania who are both a couple of hours from Kenya and will help
            us help refugees coming into those countries. Davis linked us with
            Muyelo and also will be in touch with refugee leaders tomorrow. They
            will report on the refugees' needs, spread their news, and tell us of
            the organizations working there. Thank you for your quick response! I
            have sent them each 100 USD for their work.

            We should contact interested media who would like such reports. I'm also
            sharing with Rising Voices and asking for help from bloggers. Asif
            suggested the Christian Science Monitor.

            It's been reported that Kenyans who send SMS messages will be arrested.
            However, given the shortage of police and understanding the importance
            of widespread activism, I think that such civil disobedience is welcome.
            In a dissident society it's important that everybody risk at least a
            little bit, and that we allow for the entire range of risk takers, from
            the most bold to the most timid.

            I will try to set up a wiki in Kiswahili for our work. Perhaps Helmut
            Leitner will be able to help me tomorrow, we had considered this some
            time ago and it may be easy to turn our existing wiki into a "wiki farm".

            I include below Dennis' letter, Asif's letter, today's chat transcript
            and my chat with Serina, a Kenyan student is Sweden.

            I look forward to chatting tomorrow. There's lot of work for volunteers!
            I also welcome contributions by PayPal to ms@... and let us know what
            you'd like to contribute towards.

            Andrius

            Andrius Kulikauskas
            Minciu Sodas
            http://www.ms. lt
            ms@...
            +370 699 30003
            Vilnius, Lithuania


            ------------ --------- ---

            Hello all

            Its sad what is happening in our country Kenya, hopefully peace will
            come back ts very sad what we are seeing in other parts of this county
            and our own town here in Nakuru, a good note to this side as we are all
            affected we carried out a meeting today with two ethnic groups that are
            both very much involved with what is happening and tension has been
            building up, at Free Area where most of the landlords are Kikuyu's and
            the Tenants Luo's we used magnet theatre to have a forum with them, and
            it was a very fired meeting as both side tried to prove that they are
            right in what is happening at the end of the day we all agreed that the
            leadership should help with the problem nationally but as locals staying
            here in Nakuru as neighbors they agreed to refrain from violence and
            they will hold the same meetings every 3 days just to help one another
            with the tension and console those who have lost there family in other
            parts of the country, this was possible with the help of the chief of
            the area, as we continue to push for peace we are asking you to pray for
            this country
            Attached are 2 pics from the meeting

            ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ------


            Hi Everyone:

            I am struck with a sense of brother/sisterhood to see the concerns
            people have outside of Kenya and especially folks from our groups. Thank
            You.

            Andrius I will help in any way that is possible to bring peace and
            security to our fellow Kenyans.

            Right now there is no fuel for cars, no Kerosene for cooking nor
            charcoal/coal. There are splinters of small shops open for shopping and
            the lines are long....but the riots continue. People are sleeping in
            other peoples garages to hide from the riots. The majority in Kenya is
            Kikuyu and the info that Andrius gave was absolutely correct on the
            ethnicities of the presidential make up and also of Samwell. I am very
            concerned about Samwell. I tried to call him too. I wish we had a way to
            reach an NGO. The net may be the best way. There is hardly any food.
            People keep worrying about Rwanda in the back of their minds.

            Here is a resource:

            http://www.csmonito r.com/2008/ 0102/p06s03- woaf.html

            This is what I found from a Kenyan site:

            I have just visited GoPetition and found the following page very
            interesting:
            http://www.gopetiti on.com/petitions /kibaki-must- step-down. html

            Here is another one that was working a few days back:

            Just click on the link and sign petition,

            http://www.gopetiti on.com/petitions /kibaki-must- resign/signature s-page2.html

            When you mail the petition links to others, please DO NOT mail this
            e-mail - retributions are common....especiall y from the Embassy.

            Andrius is right, we must write to our representatives to implement
            peace either by a recount or some other way, but they must be fully engaged.

            I understand from the latest news that Mr. Odinga has called for a
            Million man march to Uhuru Park - but that is going to be a bloodshed if
            the police are engaged - since their orders are to use live rounds of
            bullets. I cry for the people of Kenya - they all want peace, but also
            want a fair election. The scenario is ruined by looters and those that
            destroy due to engaging in ethnic differences.

            May God Bless The People Of Kenya.

            Asif

            ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ------


            Andrius Kulikauskas in Lithuania
            Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia
            Josephat Ndibalema in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the capital
            Kiyavilo Msekwa in Arusha, Tanzania near the border with Kenya
            Maria Agnese Giraudo near Rome, Italy
            Ricardo in the UK
            Davis Weddi in Kampala, Uganda
            Fred Kayiwa in Kampala, Uganda
            Kevin in India and from Uganda
            Rojo from Colombia
            Pamela McLean in the UK
            Dennis Kimambo from Kenya
            Benoit Couture in Alberta, Canada

            http://www.worknets .org/archive/


            AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Agnese, yes I am now :: Good morning, Ricardo!
            I'm taking some steps to help Kenya. Then I'll work on my philosophy,
            have lunch with Tomas Cepaitis and be back for your phone call. When do
            we talk?

            Sasha: HI, I am really upset with the situation in Kenya

            AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Sasha, I am here. Thank you for your help and
            Josephat agreed that they would translate information into Kiswahili.
            Can you collect some useful information that could be put into a flyer,
            for example, contact numbers for help? :: We can have papers printed in
            Tanzania and they can be taken into Kenya by bus or they can be
            downloaded from the Internet and distributed in Kenya.

            Ricardo: Hi everyone.

            Sasha: hi Ricardo :: nice to se you here :: that is if you are stil here

            Ricardo: Hi Sasha. How are you?

            Sasha: nice thank you :: but was very upset with Kenya news :: HI Pam ::
            just reading some Kenyan blogs :: now is the situation where an includer
            would be of enourmus help :: especially coupled with some radio abilities

            Ricardo: Yes. I saw the TV news with burning houses in Kibera, where Ken
            Owino's Nafsi Arika group lives and works.

            Pam: Hi Sasha and everyone :: hi

            Sasha: terible :: its quite upseting for me because I felt same few
            years ago :: and had similar experiences :: so I can understand how much
            painful this can be

            JosephatNdibalema: Hi everybody

            Ricardo: Do you know whether Ken Owino has been in touch? There was a
            communications blackout.

            AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Ricardo, Josephat, Sasha

            Ricardo: Hi Josephat, Andrius.

            AndriusKulikauskas: Yes I spoke with Samwel and he is in touch with Ken
            :: and they are both fine.

            Sasha: yes Maria Agnese talked with Ken and Sam today I think

            JosephatNdibalema: Fine A ndrius but the new year is'nt welcoming for
            our friends in Kenya

            Ricardo: That's good. I hope things settle down soon.

            Sasha: terrible :: is there some way we can help them?

            AndriusKulikauskas: I sent 100 USD to Davis Weddi and also to Kims in
            Arusha, Tanzania near the border

            Sasha: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenya

            AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat I am glad that you can translate

            Sasha: we have here a page where we can add something, ideas
            suggestions, informations. ...

            AndriusKulikauskas: I think that you could work with Sasha and he could
            find materials :: and Uyoga could translate them into Kiswahili

            Sasha: also have read that it has side effects on other countries in the
            region :: like Uganda

            JosephatNdibalema: Yes i better work on that to help our friends in Kenya

            AndriusKulikauskas: I think it would be go to have even single pages
            (flyers) :: and they could be put online for download and for printing
            and photocopying and distribution :: with the most helpful information
            that could be put on one page

            Sasha: this situation shows how vulnerable are centralised
            communications networks like sms in timesof troubles

            AndriusKulikauskas: such as contact information for NGOs that can help

            Sasha: good idea Andrius

            AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha, please, can you work on this with Josephat ::
            the pages can contain URLs where people can find information

            Sasha: yes I can :: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenya

            AndriusKulikauskas: Also we can set up a Kiswahili wiki :: I will try to
            do that today

            Sasha: here is the page wwhere we can gather informatins

            Ricardo: Andrius, is there any way we can help by organizing better
            communications for people?

            Sasha: Maria Agnese told me that they have internet acces :: but I cant
            see any new email from them

            Ricardo: ...perhaps relaying messages from one family member to another.

            Sasha: shortwave radio is a greaat tool :: I have located Kenyan ham
            radio association on the web

            JosephatNdibalema: I suggest that it better if we find iformation on
            civil education that can be translated into Kiswahili to help Kenyan
            citizens

            AndriusKulikauskas: yes we should set up a wiki in Kiswahili

            Sasha: but they dont have any usefull info

            AndriusKulikauskas: and also organize a "phone center" :: because the
            phones are working and I think SMS will too in a few days

            Ricardo: It may be useful just to find out what communications method
            are still working and which aren't, then make that info available to people.

            AndriusKulikauskas: so to help people stay in touch

            Sasha: amateur radio communications are very efficient and reliable in
            this kind of disasers

            AndriusKulikauskas: yes Ricardo

            Sasha: great :: lets put up a page on that :: but first we have to have
            someone on the ground who can give us the info what is working and what
            is not

            Mariaagnese: ken has sent me an sms

            Sasha: can somebody call Sam or Ken and gather info on this?

            Mariaagnese: soperhaps now they cabn receive sms

            Sasha: I dont think that is reliable :: and probably will not work soon

            Ricardo: Andrius, you know everyone, so perhaps you can contact as many
            as possible and collect the info. I think you said that you could
            contact Sam and he is in touch with Ken Owino.

            Sasha: if thing go worse which I hope they wont

            AndriusKulikauskas: I have to allow others to do that :: Sasha can help
            and so can others

            Sasha: its not good to hand everything down to Andrius :: to much
            centralised thinking

            AndriusKulikauskas: Fred was interested to help with phone calls ::
            Agnese did you learn about Fred's visa?

            Sasha: Fred is good, he is our man on the field and he is nearby

            Ricardo: Ok. I can text Sam and see what he knows. I'll do that now and
            see what response I get.

            AndriusKulikauskas: I'm calling Helmut Leitner to ask about ProWiki.

            Sasha: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation :: I think
            that most important now is the information, for the Kenyans :: what is
            happening and where

            AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, what do you think would be most helpful?
            What kind of information should we translate? Are there refugees or
            travelers coming by bus to Dar es Salaam from Kenya?

            Sasha: if the sms is working perhaps we can make ya some kind of
            newslater an send it to people in Ken :: Kenya with the lates news ::
            newsletter

            JosephatNdibalema: Andrius no any transport going to KeNYA and out of KeNYA

            Sasha: typical :: they want to control the media situation and control
            the people by controloling the informations flow :: it would be good to
            gather info on Kenyan blogs to see is there someone actually bloging now

            JosephatNdibalema: People have been fearing for the current situation
            and security is intensive along Tanzania Kenya border but not closed

            Maria-Agnese: I suugest that we collaborate with associations in Kenya
            Uganda, Tanzania at the border

            Sasha: yes , they are closer there and better know what is really happening

            AndriusKulikauskas: Agnese that's a good idea and we have David Weddi at
            the Ugandan border and Kims at the Tanzanian border :: and they can
            learn which organizations are working there and what kind of help do
            they need?

            Sasha: are there radio amateurs in Dar es Salam?

            JosephatNdibalema: I wish to call Kiyavilo evening and ask him about the
            situation near the border b'se A rusha is very close to the border ::
            Sasha no there is 'nt

            AndriusKulikauskas: Sasha that is a good idea - we could organize radio
            amateurs in Tanzania and Uganda and help them send news :: perhaps Davis
            Weddi knows some, I think he works with radio

            Ricardo: I've just sent an SMS Text to Sam to ask whether everyone is
            okay and whether we can contact Ken Owino by SMS or email.

            JosephatNdibalema: Very interesting idea radio amateurs

            Sasha: here is the page with latest blogs on Kenya ::
            http://www.kenyaunl imited.com/ aggregator/ :: it seems that the ne is
            stil open for them :: despite media blackout :: some kind of sms forum
            http://www.mashada. com/forums/ :: whre people are giving latest news

            AndriusKulikauskas: Josephat, why is there no transport? And how are
            people crossing the border? On foot? :: Does anybody have more
            information about Tom Ochuka in Kisumu (Maria said he was robbed). Can
            we send him money?

            Sasha: a post from that forum This just goes to confirm how fragile how
            social fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other,
            whole country is on fire. Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

            Maria-Agnese: we have to wait for samwel email to know about Tom ::
            there are internet sites of radio amateurs

            Ricardo: Andrius. I've added a section to your Worknet
            KenyaCommunication page for people to enter the working and non-working
            comms methods. http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?KenyaCommuni cation

            Maria-Agnese: Sahsa send a great message to the forum!!! as you have
            sent to me!

            Sasha: I will try :: This just goes to confirm how fragile how social
            fabric is. Within hours, neighbours have slashed each other, whole
            country is on fire. :: Why? Because 2 fellows hungry of power.

            Ricardo: Andrius, I can phone you about the Includer after this chat if
            you like. Is that okay with you?

            Kiyavilo: /room Kiswahili :: /room English

            JosephatNdibalema: Sorry connection is bringing trouble,yes Andrius
            transport to Kenya has stoped due to violence ,bus owners fear ,they say
            we can go until we are sure of asecurity,may be Kiyavilo can tell more

            Ricardo: Hi Kims. How are you?

            Kiyavilo: Hello everyone

            Sasha: hi

            AndriusKulikauskas: Hi Kiyavilo

            Sasha: I cant find any Kenyan ham operator

            JosephatNdibalema: Welcome Kims,tell us what do you experience in Arusha
            due to ethinic violence in Kenya

            Sasha: web page

            Maria-Agnese: hi everybody

            Kiyavilo: /room English :: /room English :: /room ExtraChat1 :: /room
            ExtraChat2 :: /room ExtraChat3 :: /room Lietuviu :: LT: /room HelpOurClients

            Ricardo: Andrius. You mentioned Kisumu. On the TV news yesterday, it
            said there was a curfew. I don't know whether it is still in place and
            24 Hour. It may stop Tom Ochuka picking up any money if we send it.

            LT: Kiyavilo: /room English


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