Re: [learningfromeachother] Re: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!/growing peace, understanding roots
- hi Pam and all the others
its rather unfortunate that Cod kenya and TT kenya in particular to have been so silent for so long, we are truly sorry for having kept you in the dark about us. It had been one very long and involving holiday for us here in Kenya for we had our general elction and that meant three election at a go. The elections were peaceful one, but the aftermath was as it has already been presented to the whole world. it really was unexpected , and the experience has been one new and traumatic for all of us here, and there is hope for mediations are going on, life is returning to some normalcy in places like Nairobi, the politicians are active calling for a ceasefire, peace and justice.
We are mourning as a country the rather sad loss of two members of parliment through fatal shooting suspected to be assasinations. Down here at Tala, things are peaceful and life is almost 'normal,.
We highly appreciate you Pam for the help you have been giving to TT Kenya. We know we have not been performing to your expectation, but as David might have informed you, we fell behind probably when we tried to bite more than we could chew and got ourselves into really big trouble with some disgrantled persons.
You send us a sizeable amount ie ksh 5000.00 late last year, and we recieved it from David. We budgetted it appropriately and used for the benefit of the whole group.
Attached is a copy of the budget as it was:- see TT Kenya Budget.jpg
Last wednesday we had a meeting and managed to talk to the administrator Holy Rosary Tala, and even though she is still complaining of not having been paid of the balances owing to the workshop that we had, she still agreed that we can continue with our meetings so long as we pay promptly for online expenses. TT Kenya will therfore be having its first online meeting this year on the 8th february 08, just as you had hoped ie 2nd friday of every month.
We have also managed to come up with a tentative budget to finish up the six month course now remaining three months:
EXPENCSES FOR WHOLE GROUP:
1. 26 Teachers using 13 computers for two hours - kshs 4, 680.00
2. Fare for 26 teachers, 200*26*3 kshs15, 600.00
1. fare 5* 200.00 * 12 days kshs 12, 000.00
2. Online expenditure 60.00 * 5 * 12days kshs 3, 600.00
GRAND TOTAL: KSH 35, 880.00
We therefore highly appreciate the kshs 8,000.00 that you send us. it really is going to assist us in meeting some of the above expenses.
We also are pleased to inform you that, Telecom Kenya has installed Fibre Optics medium upto Tala and will soon be operational, we hope soon we will have enough and sufficient bandwidth and throughput.
Pamela McLean <pam54321@...> wrote:Janet
I agree very much with your comments about stereotypes and use of language.
We must be careful because the way we use words influences the way that we think.
For examples If we are talking about violent young men who are Kikuyus who are attacking people who are not Kikuyas at a particular location. I do not think we should mention the word Kikuyu. Instead we should say violent gangs at the location. Then we will start to think of angry young enemployed youths... or whatever.. as the wider groups, rather than thinking of tribal groups as the wider groups.
For another example: I do not think they should be called warriors, because that glorifies what they are doing and makes them heroes.
Similarly we should not put tribal labels on the displaced people, or any kind of victims.unless it is essential. Let us tell stories of Kenyans who have been displaced.. Some people who have tribal allegiances may read the reports. It is best if they think "this is a bad thing to happen to a Kenyan". It is bad if they think "Aha - the victim was not my tribe - they probably deserve this fate" or if they think"This is terrible because this person is my tribe so I will go and avenge them."
Am I making sense with what I am trying to say here?
PamOn 31/01/2008, Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink. net> wrote:Dear Rachel, Ken, David, Andrius, and All,
This is indeed amazing and deeply heartening news, which brought tears to my
eyes. Andrius and Rachel, I will send some funds to Andrius tonight for use
on this initiative, for airtime, advertisements, a laptop, or whatever seems
most pressing and important.
There is much more to say, but it is late here, and I want to make sure this
major victory has solid backing and support so that it can take root and
One thing I did want to mention (speaking of roots) is that this conflict
needs to be understand in all of its dimensions, because otherwise we may be
tempted to think of one or another ethnic group, issue, age group, or
political affiliation as "the problem".
The political aspect--the voting and its aftermath, and even further back,
the one-party rule before the advent of multiparty democracy--is very
important, but this alone cannot explain what has happened.
Issues related to land, the colonial past (favoritism of some tribes over
others), poverty, lack of opportunity- education- hope, ethnic clashes,
HIV/AIDS, hunger: all of these play a role. So many young people face what
appears to be a bleak or uncertain future that it is little wonder there is
deep frustration, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and despair.
This can quickly turn to anger, violence, and the host of behaviors we have
seen these past few weeks, something also true for adults.
It is extremely important that we understand the complexity of what is going
on, or we will not be able to truly address the issues, or see "resolution",
peace, and harmony emerge from all that has happened. What we can ask
for--immediately- -is a cessation of violence and killing as a way to address
grievances and frustration, fear and anger. We can ask for non-violent means
to be used to address the issues, and we (Rachel and her team) have made a
giant leap forward in that regard.
The other things to remember are that: 1) all parties to this conflict
(whether political or tribal) are responsible for what has happened, and
what will happen 2) the "language" that we use to describe people and
situations is also important, so that we don't start to "pigeonhole"
(stereotype) people, as this is just what is happening now in Kenya.
Kikuyus have risen up in a number of places in part because they were the
first targeted a few weeks ago. Now some of those who were killed and
displaced are killing and displacing. This is what so often happens in
conflicts: fear leads to an "us vs them" viewpoint, which often leads to
violence, hate, revenge. That is why giving people alternatives to violence
is so important. Realizing, however, that we alone cannot provide the
opportunities, jobs, education, and better life which so many seek and
need...that will only happen when nation-building can again take place.
It is hugely heartening to read that so many youth do want to talk, to be
heard, to communicate, to play, to be moved by art, to listen, to agree to
meet for peace.
Rachel and team, I want to make sure that what you are doing is spread far
and wide, both as a story in its own right, and also linked to our
collective work here. Please keep sending reports, and know that we are with
you every step of the way.
With lots of love and greatest gratitude for your indomitable courage, hope,
and faith in the "angels of our better natures", Janet
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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:39 PM
Subject: [holistichelping] Mungikis join the Pyramid of Peace!
> Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is back in Nairobi, Kenya after a
> day that transformed the name Mungikis from a curse to a blessing. Her
> team met with key leaders of the Mungikis in Naivasha. They have given
> their names and phone numbers to participate in the Pyramid of Peace and
> to engage the violent Mungikis who have moved onward to Nairobi. They
> agreed to remove the road blocks for the next seven days. They will
> organize a large meeting in two days or so to meet with leaders from the
> Catholic church and with the local head of the police. Afterwards, they
> wish to meet with the Kalenjins for dialogue. They are ready for a
> permanent peace upon three reasonable conditions: 1) that Kalenjins and
> others stop fighting and free the roads as well, 2) that the opposition
> leaders tell their people to stop fighting, 3) that the youth be
> involved in the decisions affecting them.
> Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 returned this morning to Eldoret
> where he drafted a message for a press conference given by Kalenjin
> elders who talked effectively on radio stations ("kiss" and "eesee"?)
> Wesley will go tomorrow to the Kalenjin roadblocks at Iten. He is well
> prepared to build on the momentous victory by Rachel and her team.
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> Rachel and her team of Kikuyu peacemakers from Nairobi arrived in
> Naivasha at 11:30 am by public transportation. The morning was tense,
> but all went well in Naivasha. Their local contacts told the women not
> to wear their jeans, but rather to buy some scarfs and kangas (dresses),
> which they did. This is so that they would not be confused with men
> from a distance, and not be perceived as a threat. Soon they were
> talking with the local youth, and afterwards with the real Mungikis, a
> clique known for their violentness. They had a very productive
> conversation as I described above. They spoke with more than thirty
> people, many of whom were key Mungiki leaders, and received excellent
> cooperation. They agreed that they would each speak further with five
> or ten people and invite them all for the great public meeting they will
> organize in the next two days along with Rachel and her team. They do
> not want to deal yet with the police in the area because they accuse
> them of much harm to their people, including their women, but at the
> meeting they will invite the local head of the police. They have
> confirmed their intent by providing their names and numbers to post
> publicly in our Pyramid of Peace.
> Should the seven day calm hold, they are very keen to work for peace.
> They want education on how the youth of different tribes can live
> together. They will engage those who have been displaced and give them
> hope that they may come back and live in harmony. They ask for
> counseling for their trauma. They wish for economic development so they
> might start their own businesses, for unemployed they are vulnerable to
> recruitment as thugs.
> Donations are very helpful now because Rachel's team and others in our
> Pyramid of Peace can buy airtime which the Naivasha Mungikis agree is
> not to call their friends, but rather to engage the violent Mungikis who
> have moved on to Nairobi. Certainly, they can be that much more
> effective if they have their own cell phones ($100 each) rather than
> using their mother's. Likewise, Rachel needs a laptop (new $800 or used
> $500) so that she can write reports. A newspaper advertisement
> declaring the agreement would have national impact for a few hundred
> dollars. Our giving hearts will bind us together in ways that can't be
> Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 and I spoke today about his work in
> Nakuru. He organized police escort for a large group of residents (I
> think Lou) to leave for other parts of the country, which at this time
> gives hope and diminishes tensions.
> Our priority now is to cement a great victory by Rachel and her team
> (which I think included Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 and David Mutua
> +254 720 462 559). We can call, we can talk, we can give, we can
> donate. We can accept the challenge to encourage the Kalenjins and Lous
> and others to free the roads as well and celebrate the calm. We can
> reestablish Nakuru as a haven for dialogue. We might also verify the
> respect for travelers by sending travelers. Rachel told how they made
> great progress by riding motorbikes, which made it easy for them to
> speak to the road blockers, as opposed to driving in cars. What a
> telling illustration of the maxim "Be vulnerable". By allowing for a
> little hurt, we can know who is truly hurtful.
> Looking ahead, I think the root cause of the violence is coming to
> light. We have seen the Kikuyu brutality move, as if it had no roots,
> first to Nakuru, then to Naivasha, and now to Nairobi. It is as if they
> and, I think, their fellow killers from other tribes are hunting for the
> sorest spot where their fight might fuel a national conflagaration.
> They have caused much grief, yet the outrage is restrained. The fight
> is winding down rather than flaring up. The violent Mungiki are now
> upon Nairobi, where they are feared, but they have no real support, and
> they will prove themselves weak. I suspect a second reason for why they
> come to Nairobi is that they are going to their protectors, I can
> imagine in parts of the government (not all but parts of the police are
> rotten, as was clear in Naivasha), but also in the ruling party (in
> which I can imagine there are links to the attack on Nakuru) and the
> opposition party (in which I can imagine there are links to the massacre
> at Eldoret). The violence has proved itself absent as it has danced
> around the country, and there is one place left to look, where I would
> not be surprised to find it, and that is among the powers, those leaders
> who play with tribal militias. My charges are grave, and I hope
> unfounded, but I think that with our love for the Mungiki in Nairobi we
> can win their help to engage even the powerful, the sinister and the
> wicked with our Pyramid of Peace. I ask for our reflections. I will
> listen to our leaders in Kenya. I embolden us. We can love our enemy
> to clear our past and free our future.
> I plan to send more money to Rachel and perhaps others tomorrow morning,
> and every day after, as available.
> Thank you from Kenyans to the entire world. Thank you for urging
> action, comforting, suggesting, hoping, articulating, encouraging,
> wondering and holding hands. Thank you, Janet, Pamela, Agnese,
> Meadowlea, Joy, Asif, Ricardo, Sasha, Benoit, Fred, Kiyavilo, Josephat,
> Prosper, Primson, William, Steve, Samuel, John, Markus, Jeff, Irena,
> Eluned, Cass, Jerry and all!
> Rachel acknowledged my work, too. I was very happy because I believe
> that we are all involved. I am amazed that I can accept one heart's
> concern and make it my own and bring it to another and have them take
> it. I am delighted that I can absorb many thoughts and think up my own
> and have others hear them and make them true. I am assured by a culture
> that indeed all things are possible. I am fulfilled by leaders who take
> the lead as they hear life's call, Samwel Kongere +254 725 600 439,
> Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Jackton
> Arija +254 724 167 280, Collins Odour +254 721 637 457, Emmanuel Were
> +254 721 938 340, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani +254 721 612 607, Ron
> Odhiambo +254 722 240 088, Lawrence Achami +254 720 613 379, Rono
> Richards +254 723 732 617, Wesley Chirchir +254 722 992 107, Tom Ochuka
> +254 725 678 64, David Mutua +254 720 462 559, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254
> 721 626 389. I am extended by the many new friends we have found.
> Kenya is a rennaisance. We are learning lessons that surely can apply
> the world over in much harder battles with apathy, with lethargy, with
> helplessness, with negativity. We can transform ourselves just as we
> are transforming our world.
> A special acknowledgement to Eluned Hurn of Wales, our warrior queen,
> whose deepest value "fighting peacefully" is a shade of love that
> reaches even the most turbulent heart.
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> Thank you all!
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