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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Kvieèiame palaikyti ðaunià veiklà Kenijoje, kur Minèiø sodo http://www.ms.lt ðviesuoliai yra suorganizavæ daugiau kaip ðimtà taikdariø, padëjæ
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      Kviečiame palaikyti šaunią veiklą Kenijoje, kur "Minčių sodo"
      http://www.ms.lt šviesuoliai yra suorganizavę daugiau kaip šimtą
      taikdarių, padėję tūkstančiams žmonių ir nuraminę daugybę kovotojų. Jau
      penktą savaitę gesiname genocido žarijas.

      Ketvirtadienį, sausio 31 d. visą dieną dirbsime pasišnekėjimo svetainėje
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      dieną nuo 12:00 valandos kviečiame į Skaidiškes, Sodų 25-25 plačiau
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      1998 metais, Andrius Kulikauskas įsteigė individualią įmonę "Minčių
      sodą" http://www.ms.lt telkiančią ir aptarnaujančią viso pasaulio
      šviesuolius. Sukūrėme dvidešimts darbo grupių, subūrėme 200 rašytojų ir
      2000 skaitytojų. Turime darbuotojų Kenijoje, Ugandoje, Tanzanijoje,
      Kamerūne, Nigerijoje, Serbijoje, Suomijoje, JAV-ėse, Palestinoje,
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      darbams, pavyzdžiui, surinkome 2,000 žemdirbių pasipasakojimų
      Internetinei enciklopedijai http://www.myfoodstory.com, uždirbome 60,000
      litų.

      Nors dažnai tik iš tolo, bet gerai vienas pažįstame iš savo sumanymų ir
      vertybių, tad Kenijoje po rinkimų mums pavyko staigiai padėti savo
      dalyviams, o jie nuskriaustiesiems. Bankai daug kur nedirbo, tad kas
      galėjo pinigus atsiimti už juos pirko mobilaus telefonu minutes, o
      Kenijos telefonų sistemoje jas gali telefonais pervesti vieni kitiems,
      taip juos ir išsiuntė atkirstiem žmonėms, juos mainančius į maistą,
      vaistus, transportą. Išvystėme šią Taikos piramidę
      http://www.pyramidofpeace.net ir išdalinome 25,000 litų aukų. Palaikome
      įvairiausių genčių taikdarius pastangas raminti savų genčių žulikus.

      Mūsų veiklą pristatė Public Radio International, Global Voices ir
      daugelis kitų. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?KenyanCorrespondents
      Tuo pačiu garsinome ir Lietuvos vardą ir skleidėme Atgimimo patirtį. Iš
      Lietuvos sugebu šią veiklą vystyti ir net jai vadovauti, aišku
      pasitariant su nuostabiais Kenijos šviesuoliais. Sunkiausia dabar rasti
      neabejingų užsakovų ir rėmėjų. Ogi mes savo darbais padedam Kenijai
      išvengti Rwandos likimo.

      Pridedu savo laišką parodantį, kaip plačiai ir veiksmingai dirbame
      Kenijoje, o taip pat eilę pavyzdžių, kaip padėjome žmonėms sunkiausiu metu.

      Ačiū už suteiktą dėmesį!

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

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      I share good news and the strategy that Rod Odhiambo +254 722 240 088,
      Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107, Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721
      626 389 and I discussed for our Pyramid of Peace
      http://www.pyramidofpeace.net to save Kenyans from ethnic turmoil. Now
      is a great time to donate to support our efforts. Please send donations
      by PayPal to ms@... or by the link at http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
      Or send cellphone airtime through http://www.mamamikes.com click on
      "Send Airtime" and these phones all have prefix 72 so they are in the
      Safaricom network.

      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
      political parties.
      * 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:
      http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Kenyans
      We will try to have a "Kenya Buddy" for each Kenyan we know:
      http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HelpKenyans
      (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
      http://www.pyramidofpeace.net

      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.

      Andrius

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      Andrius: Pridedu eilę pavyzdžių, kaip šiomis dienomis įvairiai gelbėjome
      Kenijos šviesuolius ir kartu su jais gelbėjome kitus. Jų daugiau
      aptiksite tarp mūsų laiškų http://www.ms.lt/news.php

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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

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      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."

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      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.

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      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.
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