I heard this morning (thanks Vini) that VSO is evacuating all their volunteers from Kenya and suspending its programme until the end of February due to continuing outbreaks of violence and increasing ethnic tension. I’m sending my best wishes to all the volunteers, and especially to Alan and Sara, and to Brady (I don’t know what Peace Corps is doing but I imagine the same if they have not already done so). I am sending my love to my Kenyan friends and colleagues, and all the non-kenyans out there working in Kenya (I’m thinking in particular, of three Nigerian nuns).
I turned the computer on this morning before breakfast to say that I took a headache to bed relatively early last night after a full day of what amounted to lectures, even if we were sitting in a circle for them. Seems to have been the best thing to do, as increasing my blood sugar didn’t change anything. This morning I awoke with dreams of education and, in particular, of how some of yesterdays theory might apply in practise. So far so good.
Today we’re off to Dartmoor to stomp about and have an experience of Deep Ecology.
May Peace soon return to Kenya, and may we learn, from the sparks and fuel that caused these fires of violence to burn, and look to one another as human beings more than we see each other as Kikuys, Luos, Kalenjins, Mkamba, Wazungu, or other kinds of “foreigners”.