Sorry to be a bit silent here. Though I have been visiting many of your blogs I haven't posted anything "new" for awhile. I've just been consumed with communications with Kenyan friends who have been through so much in the aftermath of the killings that took place in the small coastal town of Mpeketoni.
I mentioned before that the government promised to help the bereaved families to bury their loved ones. But so far we haven't had success in tracking down the help.
My friend's laid their loved one to rest on Saturday in the Rift Valley far away from the hot and humid coast. In Mpeketoni which is a small place near Lamu (a popular tourist destination), the mortuary is very small and can only accomodate 3 people at a time. When 48 people were killed in the first attack and another 9-15 in the 2nd attack (I read different numbers), you can imagine that the small town was not able to accomodate the need. Bodies were piled one on top of the other and unrefrigerated as the community. I have photos but they are too graphic to post. The hospital staff and others left behind were doing their best to cope with the tragedy but many government officials were immediately fired after the tragedy occurred and there didn't seem to be enough outside help for the first few days.
|I wish all people were as innocent as these children at Lk. Elementaita|
Many of the people who died had families in far away places. The cost of travelling, accomodation, eating, and transporting their loved ones, and making funeral arrangements was just too prohibitive for most people. They would have to wait for some kind of help from government or well wishes. In the meantime, the bodies were/are decomposing in the humidity and I read that the stench near the hospital was overpowering. These are very sad times for all affected. Then on top of it all, I read that just yesterday 5 more people were killed in the same general area after official statements that the area had been secured. It really makes you wonder what is going on. The insecurity in the area is why I wanted to get my friends out of there as quickly as possible as their lives are not too secure when there is no one to protect them from harm and danger. At least at home they will have their kith and kin and know the lay of the land. For the locals who remained behind, many of them moved into the bush.
I know some people don't believe that prayer will help the circumstances but I do. I pray for the country as a whole and for the many people I know. I also pray for all those people who I do not know who need help. I ask any like minded people to pray with me.
In my own life things here at home I've had a lot to keep me busy as well.
Before the weekend came around I went for a quick trip to see my mother. We had only a few hours together but it was good to see her again. We were also able to get in a lot of visiting and organizing (of her space). I was very tired when I got home and haven't been able to do much around the house since then. I brought back a lot of mending for my mom so that is "staring at me", lol. I've also started putting together the next care package for her because I'll be going back to see her in a few weeks. I need to accompany her to an appointment with a specialist. Before I get to that I've got 5 parcels I need to organize and send off in the post.
|On the road again|
A few days after my cousin leaves, another friend and I will get together for a barbeque at my home. She is a new friend from Peru who absolutely loves it here in Vancouver. We've met a few times and now I've invited her for dinner. I'm looking forward to relaxing on the patio with her. A few days after that I have a family visitor who will stay for a week or more. I have much to get organized before then and I need to get rested so I can enjoy my time with my niece. I always look forward to spending time with her.
Until I see you or read you next, take care and hug a loved one.