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[Peace Corps Kenya] Re: Election crisis

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  • zanzibarparadise
    Hello 1992 Kenya RPCV s, It was refreshing to read your comments reflecting back to time we spent together in Kenya, volunteering in our different sectors,
    Message 1 of 18 , Oct 3, 2012
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      Hello 1992 Kenya RPCV's,
      It was refreshing to read your comments reflecting back to time we spent together in Kenya, volunteering in our different sectors, determined to make a difference. During the "Election Crisis", we were all a bit uneasy, but we did endure!

      Looking back, I guess I fell in love with east Africa during those years and the years to follow. I retired and decided to come back and settle in Zanzibar, Tanz. However, being the "work-a-holic" that I am, retirement did not last very long. Karibu

      --- In peacecorpskenya@yahoogroups.com, "Karen (Lutz) Shepherd" <karkarneenee@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Dan! How are you?!!! How are your vegetarian kids? We are also
      > a vegetarian household......
      >
      > Anyway, thanks for your post. I did not mean to do anything here
      > other than express my concern for a country and people that have had
      > a big impact on me. As Dan knows, we were both there during the
      > first multipary election and the situation played out very
      > differently than expected. I was based in Nairobi and worked with
      > people in the very slums that we are reading about in the news and
      > seeing the video clips of on the evening news. I can't understand
      > all the politics and issues involved (hey, I can't fully understand
      > all the election stuff going on here in the US!). My husband, who
      > was a VSO on the Kenya coast, and I are just concerned about people
      > we know and trying to better understand what is actually occuring
      > over there. Having been around when there were tribal clashes, I do
      > have a small understanding of how strong this tension can be.
      >
      > My apologies again for setting anything off here.....When I saw
      > Jeff's original post about the elections, I responded because I, too,
      > was also watching (and praying for) this situation to resolve
      > peacefully.
      >
      > Dan, hope you are well! I miss finding you hanging out with the
      > askari in Nairobi waiting for Jen and I to get home!
      >
      > Peaceful thoughts to all,
      > Karen
      > --- In peacecorpskenya@yahoogroups.com, osieko <no_reply@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Carl-
      > > Karen Lutz was a volunteer in Kenya when the FIRST multiparty
      > > elections were held in 1992, and tribal clashes were still going
      > on.
      > > You should be careful who you try to lecture.
      > >
      > > Dan Krause
      > > RPCV Kenya 1992-94
      > >
      > > --- In peacecorpskenya@yahoogroups.com, Carl Benander
      > > <cvmbenander@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Dear Karen,
      > > > Your last email showed you to be somewhat apprehensive about
      > Kenya.
      > > Our group went there May 1998
      > > > just after the so called ''Tribal Clashes'' ended. The next
      > several
      > > years were relatively calm and while tribal bickering didn't stop,
      > > tribal killings were rare, and didn't particularly affect us
      > > (Mazungus). I really don't think that as Americans, we can fully
      > > understand the situation there until we lived there. So, while it
      > is
      > > good for you to be aware of everything, perhaps you should not
      > > attempt to understand it, and you certainly should not let that
      > > awareness deteriorate into fear.
      > > > Kenya is a beautiful country; and the people with whom I
      > interacted
      > > for those years were for the most part gracious and friendly,
      > making
      > > my stay a truly great experience.
      > > > The fact that you are communicating with the group of RPCV's that
      > > were there is a very good thing in that you will be able to get
      > > firsthand information from those that know rather than from outside
      > > sources that have never been there.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > ----- Original Message ----
      > > > From: Karen (Lutz) Shepherd <karkarneenee@>
      > > > To: peacecorpskenya@yahoogroups.com
      > > > Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 6:44:54 PM
      > > > Subject: [Peace Corps Kenya] Re: Election crisis
      > > >
      > > > Just read on a current PCVs blog that volunteers are in "lock
      > down"
      > > at
      > > > sites until at least January 5. I am trying to stay optimistic
      > that
      > > > things will get better (knowing they will need to get worse
      > first).
      > > I
      > > > have been reading about the church that was burnt down, as well
      > as
      > > how
      > > > one of the biggest issues is people being hungry since it is
      > unsafe
      > > to
      > > > get out to buy food. I have also read about Odinga's call for a
      > > rally
      > > > on Thursday, which the government has outlawed.
      > > >
      > > > Hard times.....
      > > >
      > > > Karen
      > > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
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      > > >
      > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > > >
      > >
      >
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