Still holding our breath (Kenya)

The team came back . . . still no final deal.hom_150208_01.jpg
Details are here (Standard) and here (Nation)
The other buzz in the news yesterday was over the outside nations putting pressure on key players to make a deal with Annan. One of the main government negotiators was shown on TV yesterday reiterating that the colonial era is over. She called these [ambassadors] “simply junior officers who are trying to throw their non-existent weight around. They are irrelevant!” she said. Now a less “junior” Condelezza Rice is on her way.

As usual, allafrica.com organizes headlines from a lot of Kenyan papers in an-easy to read format. There are a couple of interesting opinion pieces.

Having experienced the aftermath of the Liberian war, and seeing what war did to Ivory Coast, my concern is that there still seems to be a mental disconnect between all the political posturing and the potential long-term ramifications. Those who haven’t lived through a war, or experienced first-hand the daily impact of violence in say a slum don’t quite seem to get it. Ask anyone who has lived through a real war or Annan and others have seen enough war in their global experience. I think they understand the horrific potential. It’s been bad here, but it could get a lot worse. On the other hand, this experience could provide an opportunity to address past problems and work for a stronger and more prosperous Kenya. Let’s pray.

0215-for-webkenyamap.jpgNY Times has an interesting map attached to an article about the re-migration of people back to their “ancestral lands.”  I would note that within Nairobi, there has also been migration between neighborhoods.) The article itself has a lot of other info.
Click on the thumbnail for the full image.
So the situation here is precarious. On the other hand, we can focus too much on the violence. There is another story in the NY Times that talks about a mother tragically burying her kids. It describes violence that occurred two weeks ago as if it were yesterday. I think these stories still need to be told, but other stories of Kenyan heroism and normal life also need to be told. The vast majority of the people here just you and me; just craving peace. I’ve tried on this blog to link to some of these stories. Unfortunatly, these don’t seem to be the kind of stories that are finding their way into the NY Times and other western media outlets.
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2 thoughts on “Still holding our breath (Kenya)

  1. B.J.Barry says:

    Ben,

    That’s a fine analysis of the situation and I salute you! Thanks so much for keeping us informed.

    Condi’s comments in the near future will be interesting/critical to say the least.

    B.J.

  2. Brad Wright says:

    Thank you for the update Ben.

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