Friday, January 04, 2008

Politics & corruption

This is Mike Mwaniki Njogu & his wife, Ann, in their cyber cafe in Njoro, Kenya.

I spoke with Mike, a friend, today (16:00 GMT) on Skype. He was desperately telling me his brother had just been shot with a bow & arrow in violent fighting caused by the corruption in the recent Kenyan elections.

Kenya is (was??) a shining example of how to develop a country but political corruption is ruining everything and killing people.

As far as I know Mike's brother is still fighting for his life but he then told me that his parents home had been burnt to the ground in tribal violence.

How is this going to change the country ?
Why are people so fired up ?
I couldn't ask Michael anything further as he had to run there was screaming outside the cyber cafe and they had to leave, he is fearful for the safety of his family and friends.

Mike & Ann also sell traditional Kenyan crafts and with the help of Keith McGuinness, AVIF are hoping to start selling online via eBay & MissionFish on their behalf. His family & friends all make the goods.

We hope people can be calm during a re-election or at least a re-count (with all delayed results included). We hope this will help towards a peaceful resolution. There has been too much blood already spilt, too many shops & markets empty and too many people going scared & hungry.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Thoughts & hopes to all

(Leo's nephew from JNMCC, Maseno, picture taken by Marie Guerts, AVIF volunteer Summer 2007)

To all our colleagues, contacts and friends we wish you a peaceful end to the political frustrations. Our thoughts too to the families of the 300 people killed and to the 100,000 displaced others.

Posted a few minutes ago, Kibaki has said he is willing to hold talks.

South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu flew to Nairobi and met Odinga. Tutu said afterward that Odinga was ready for "the possibility of mediation."
Thanks to Associated Press writers Elizabeth A. Kennedy, Khaled Kazziha, Tom Maliti, Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Tom Odula and Todd Pitman for this report.

For the childrens sake & the population who are not and never were involved in organised violence we hope they do.