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I share good news and the strategy that Rod Odhiambo +254 722 240 088,
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The violence is focused at various roadblocks, notably set up by Kikuyu
youths (and the Mungiki clique and Kikuyu police) at Navaisha on the
road between Nairobi and Nakuru. Travelers from the "wrong" tribes are
being killed. Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 is tomorrow leading
Kikuyus from Nairobi to engage the youths. Other roadblocks are manned
by Kalenjins and by Lous. Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 will
lead our efforts to engage the Kalenjin youths.
Wesley Chirchir Chebii told me about his road trip (yesterday Monday and
today Tuesday) through the Kalenjin areas with Rono Richards +254 723
732 617. They managed to travel from Kuresoi to Sundu River and Piloa.
Many Kalenjins are displaced in Sundu. Wesley found the area more
peaceful than expected: Looting, cattle rustling, maize stealing,
breaking into houses have all gone down. The roads are open. There is
security, a security camp was opened, and the youth are cooperative.
For me, the lack of persistence suggests that the violence is cultivated
and not flourishing in the wild.
Wesley called me from Kericho where he is stopping on his way back to
Eldoret. He alerts us that Kalenjin youths have set up roadblocks from
Eldoret to Iten and from Eldoret to Turbo. These are quite calm but the
youth there are alarmed by rumors sent by SMS text messages that the
Kikuyu clique Mungiki are on their way to Kuresoi from Navaisha. And
yet from the police it is clear that this is just a rumor. My suspicion
is that the source of such rumors are wicked Kikuyus and wicked
Kalenjins who are likely colluding to destabilize all of Kenya. The
assassination of opposition parliamentarian, peacemaker Melitus Mugabe
Were likewise suggests calculation rather than vengeance.
Wesley and I thought of three ways to engage the Kalenjin youth at their
roadblocks. Rachel and I also spoke that they might well work with the
Kikuyu youth at their roadblocks.
* The youths may very well be bored and it may be possible to occupy
them with football on the roads. The idea is to support the roadblocks,
to turn them into celebrations, to legitimize them. They might put down
their machetes to kick around some footballs on the road. They could be
brought food. Then adults may be able to do the checking at the road
blocks and help drivers pass through, taking donations to buy more food
for the youth. This way the youths maintain control of the road but the
adults can take care of the people.
* The Kalenjin roadblockers in the Eldoret may greatly value having a
Kikuyu liaison in Navaisha who can keep them posted of the situation
there. Likewise, the Kikuyu roadblockers may value having a Kalenjin
liaison in the Eldoret area. Wesley +254 722 992 107 and Rachel +254
721 626 389 have agreed to serve as liaisons. They may succeed in
connecting the Kalenjin and Kikuyu roadblockers by phone directly. This
will all diminish the impact of the false rumors, indeed show them for
the hate crime they are.
* We can offer rewards of airtime to those who get such rumors and
reveal the telephone numbers that they come from. It may be possible to
quickly unravel the ultimate culprits, who may simply be a small group
of old men from the several tribes, perhaps even with odd links to the
* Wesley also said that an FM station in Eldoret will broadcast local
elders' talks to the youth. Ron Odhiambo also has a similar idea in
mind in Nakuru.
Rachel Wambui Kungu's +254 721 626 389 group of six peacemakers leaves
by bus from Nairobi at 9:00 am, Wednesday morning. They may rent a car
in Navaisha as needed. They have contacts there and will then go to the
police, talk to the youth, talk to the local people, and with their help
meet key people in the Mungiki. There is a lot of tension on the ground
and so this will be a lengthy process involving many small risks, but
preferably no big ones.
Rachel said Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251is part of her team. Rachel
also shared two contacts in Eldoret, Chesosio and Felix, who I will call
tomorrow and share with Wesley. I will also send money to Wesley. I
also ask Tom Ochuka +254 725 678 641 in Kisumu and Joy Tang of One
Village Foundation to work together to lead our response in Kisumu. I
sent Tom 2500 Ksh airtime. Any donations that we receive will allow us
to build around all these efforts and involve many more people, thus
assuring victory, perhaps even a demasking of the real culprits and a
sudden end to Kenya's troubles.
I share a general principle about engaging the violent: "Look at
everything from their point of view". In particular:
* Be straightforward (let them know who you are and what you are doing)
* Be thorough (don't skip steps, let them follow the logic of your actions)
* Be vulnerable (let them know they have some power over you)
* Let them win (then you are sure they don't lose)
* Let them teach you (seek their clarification, learn their language)
* Stick to your principles (you and they should know what you would die for)
* Have something to share (bring them joy and share their sorrow)
All of this makes us an extension of our enemy, extends their power, and
thus both keeps us whole and allows us to influence them for their
benefit. I and Joe Damal gathered these principles from our first-hand
experience engaging gangs in Chicago. The on-the-ground situation will
dictate the options.
Also, as a general rule, we get the most from our resources when we
focus them on people who are willing to be public, for example, who let
us post their telephone number publicly. We then know that they are
committed to peace. We also want people who help us reach out further.
We then know that they are not trying to control the situation. The
people who can't or won't do this are generally the wrong people to
involve, perhaps because the risk is to big. Our point is to involve
many people taking many small risks.
We see the strategic strength of our position overall in Kenya. Yet we
are also suffering wrongs, some of us are grossly mistreated, even
traumatized. Others have contributed their help and now must recover.
Janet Feldman shared Ron Odhiambo's +254 722 240 088 story of how he
almost lost his house, how he saved it with the help of his neighbor and
the Peace Tiles he showed them and his prayer that God help them and
their families and guide their thoughts. Still, Ron had to pay $530 to
save his house from being burned down, and is being extorted to pay
$1100 more. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2022
Maria Agnese Giraudo encouraged me to organize us better to care for all
the people we know such as Ron, or also Kennedy, who today fled his
neighborhood in Nairobi. I share three priorities which I called Ron to
discuss. He agreed that we must focus what we can on the root problems.
I know this is heartbreaking, because our personal losses are
heartbreaking, even harrowing, as Janet writes. I think we are bound by
our heartbreaks long into the future as we each choose now how we will
help in the present.
Here is my own understanding.
Our first priority is to address the most basic needs of the people we
know. This is the foundation for all of the good work that we might do
together. Maria encouraged me and I have set up a wiki page:
We will try to have a "Kenya Buddy" for each Kenyan we know:
(Please add your comments at the bottom of any page!) We will share our
"Kenyan Buddy Updates". This way we can know who needs what kind of
help and who is keeping in touch and can organize help. Here we help as
we can with our personal resources and we learn that we can give more
and more. Samwel Kongere asked me today to thank everybody who
contributed to him, communicated with him, and made him comfortable even
as he was gravely sick. I know that by rallying around Samwel we grew
stronger. Thank you Kenyans for frankly stating your needs and plans,
and thank you friends for responding. Typically, we may find $100 or so
available, which is not much, but can make a key difference.
Our second priority is to apply our network to eliminate immediately the
root causes of the worst of the violence, the genocidal violence. We
are able to help swiftly and exactly in ways that few can imagine. Here
we work through those who are secure enough to focus on others, to work
openly and to take many small risks. This allows us to ask for help
from a much wider circle of people as this is the emergency that we can
appeal to all others for help. For example, we have raised $3,000+ and
hopefully might even raise $10,000 to support on-the-ground campaigns as
I described above. This is the main priority for our Pyramid of Peace
Our third priority is to work in the long term to create the world that
we wish to live in. This is the priority that we hope to devote our
greatest energies, and so we try to build this our work on the first and
second priorities. For example, Wesley learned how remote Rono's area
is, and so they discussed getting a laptop for Rono, and training him in
Eldoret, and I also told Wesley about our work to develop an Includer
http://www.includer.org for optimal use of marginal Internet access.
I ask us to help with all three priorities so that they might build on
each other as we work-in-parallel.
I await Ron's thoughts on how we might best help him and others in Nakuru.
I welcome us to our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/ especially
on Thursday, January 31.
I note that we are simply "independent thinkers" who as such share basic
outlooks such as Dennis Kimambo's +254 722 388 275 "Humanity before
politics" and Kennedy Owino's +254 723 568 251"enemies embracing enemies".
Thank you for caring about Kenyans and all of us.
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Dennis Kimambo išgelbėjome nuo žmogžudžių.
Sausio 24ta, 2008m.:
Andrius as i write this email i is 2 am in the morning and i am home
safely after an ordeal that would have seen me dead, but because of the
airtime i have been sending to people they did not harm me i will call
you tomorrow at around 12 pm to tell you the whole story but with tears
filled in my eyes i wan to thank you again and again for all that you
are doing to Kenyans. Tonight what i have seen will forever remain with
me GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY
Jackton Arija išgelbėjome nuo bado.
Sausio 3čia, 2008m.: "As Sam has said there is no food,no transport and
no money and medication.Right now as speak we dont have food and i am
just in the house with my kids boiling hot water and putting some
remaining sugar on
it for the kids."
Sausio 4ta, 2008m.: "Right now i am in Homa-bay with my family and
things are very bad here,i just sneaked to come and look if there is any
email.Everybody in Homa-bay are in house,there is no food and even if
you get it the prices are doubled.I dont even have air time to call Sam
yesterday. Five people died yesterday after riots this side."
Sausio 6ta, 2008m.: "I thank you all making all efforts for me to have
food in my house,Ken Owino sent airtime oh Ksh 1500 and Dennis also snet
me and airtime of ksh750.I managed to sell and use to buy food in my
house and my neighbour who was also lacking food.I called Sam to let him
know that i am now ok with my family."
Sausio 11ta, 2008m.: "Tomorrow we will be going to Oyugis to give out
some food for others who are stuck at Police station,they are many and
we hope that the food we have will be ok but incase there is any support
we will be very happy."
Samwel Kongere išgelbėjome nuo ligos.
Sausio 19ta, 2008m.: Sam has only had fluids for the last 10 days or so
(milk and water), due to the scarring in his throat. Dan is taking Sam
to the doctor in Mbita again to see whether he needs transferring to a
hospital for better care or feeding tubes. The nearest major city with a
large hospital, Kisumu, is a hot-bed of rioting, but Dan says there are
other hospitals nearby at Homa Bay and Kendu Bay (run by the 7th Day
Adventists) and a very good Medecin Sans Frontier organization close by.
Sausio 28ta, 2008m.: I got a text message from Samwel this morning
(Monday 28-Jan-2008). He
says he is improving well and he may get out of hospital and go home
tomorrow, and continue with his medication.
Ronald Odhiambo namus išgelbėjome:
Sausio 27ta, 2008m.: Dennis told me (Andrius) how they talked to a gang
of 500 that was threatening to
burn down Ronald Odhiambo's +254 722 240 088 (Safaricom) home as they
had the others in the area. But the neighbors explained about all of
the donations and help that they had received from Ronald in these
days. So instead the gang gave him two days to move out. They will be
able to negotiate further.