RE: [onereachinganother] Asif, what can we do for Kenya?
As we all plan and think about the situation in Kenya, I must hasten to note that Uganda has been seriously affected by the events in that country.
Ugandans can no longer drive their cars as the fuel supply that comes through Kenya is now cut off.
Worse still Kenyans have started fleeing into Uganda . Some of us who have relatives across the border, are now hosting some of those who managed to cross in time to escape the violence.
But those who arrived are in dire need of help. The refugees are increasing by the day. Each hour, a new groups arrives on foot at least according to eye-witnesses including journalists.
One story like the one I have attached below tries to explain, but the situation is really very worrying.
We think that if the fuel situation continues like this, our mobile phones will soon not be able to call up-country where the base stations are diesel powered. And yet transport has already been paralysed.
+256 752 697575
OVER 500 Kenyans have fled to Uganda , the Red Cross Society has said. According to the deputy national coordinator, Richard Nataka, the refugees are stranded at the border town of Malaba . More...
Fuel shortage worsens countrywide
THE fuel shortage, especially of petrol, has disrupted the transport sector. This has pushed transport fares up. The shortages were caused by the post-election violence in Kenya , which followed the weekend announcement of Mwai Kibaki as the winner. More...
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Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:05 AM
Subject: [onereachinganother] Asif, what can we do for Kenya ?
Asif, Sasha, Janet, Agnese, Thank you for your concern and help
regarding our participants in Kenya and the post-election violence there.
I spoke with Maria Agnese Giraudo and she says the situation is very
grave, especially in Kisumu (where Tom Ochuka is) and in Nairobi 's slum
Kibera (where many of the Nafsi Afrika Acrobats are) based on what she
heard from a Kenyan colleague in Italy and from news reports. Also, she
has received no replies to SMS and has not been able to call anybody by
phone. We also have not received and emails from Kenya . There are
reports of a media blackout in Kenya . This means that we may have
access to information on the Internet that may not be available to
people in Kenya .
Asif Daya, because you grew up in Kenya but now are in Florida , and are
well informed, I ask you to lead our efforts to help, if you agree. If
you can, please also send me your telephone number so I might call you
if there is a need.
Currently, we can think how we might prepare to help when we do have the
- We can share information that we learn about our participants.
- We can organize some money, even a few hundred dollars, to send as
needed where needed by Western Union .
- We might prepare some information that we're able to collect here,
depending on how bad the media blackout is in Kenya . We can then have
it ready to send when the opportunity arises. I have set up a page
http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Kenya Sasha, please, can you help there?
- We can write letters and sign petitions to the foreign ministries in
our various countries.
- We can make a list of organizations and contacts that are able to help.
- We may be able to organize help from Tanzania and Uganda (please advise!).
Asif, What do you suggest?
Just for clarity, my understanding is that Samwel and Kennedy are of the
Lou tribe, as are most of the people of Rusinga Island where Samwel
lives. Kennedy lives in one of Nairobi 's slums. Raila Odinga, the
presidential challenger, is a Lou and Mwai Kibaki, the incumbent
president, is a Kikuyu.
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Kenyan_president ial_election% 2C_2007
And here's a Kenyan newspaper that's online: http://eastandard. net
Fred, Agnese and I decided that you should not travel by bus to
Nairobi . Soon she will learn about the visa and then we will discuss
further about buying your ticket to Rome .
Asif, I have changed your settings at Mendenyo so that your letters go
through directly and you can write as many as you please.
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- As we think how we can help KENYA lets be urgent
this morning afriend in kenya called Frolence called me and she was
hidden in small room together with her child she wanted to know if she
could find help from me in kampala and iwas so suprised because i
think icould not help her tried to call sam and david their phones
could not go through
but i have hard from Maria that SAM AND KEN are fine but tom in kisum
has been robbed.
It has affected us too in that now the cost of traveling with in
uganda is to expensive
and cars are packed without fuel since all comes from kenya
Am looking ahead to see what steps we can take to help iwill be
available please sam let us know what we can do to help. am also happy
to hear wenddi
whats your plan wendi about this?