We didn’t have a big voting session Tuesday in Nairobi, but did attend a town meeting at the US Embassy. Ambassador Renneberger gave a generally upbeat message about his expectations for the peace talks and healing for Kenya. The good news for us is that the U.S. is not pulling its employees out of the country, has no plans to reduce aid, and is 100% focused on achieving a political solution. It was an interesting dialog, with the ambassador taking questions from an audience of hundreds of citizens.
He feels confident that Kenya’s 5-years’ experience with democracy, its literacy rates that are the highest in Africa, and its strong media (cited as the best on the continent), and most importantly the will of the people for the end of violence and a real unity, that all these will carry the country through. And yet there are the daily stumbles and missteps on the political scene and the sense that things can change on a dime.
But he made us all hopeful for change today. Like all things here, change is not likely to happen soon, and hopefully it does not come too slowly for some, leading to more aggravation, anger, and violence as people see their already poor existences made unbearable by shortages of food or unwanted change.
Chris and I have been going about life almost as normal. I have pictures from our trip to the Giraffe Center, climbing the walls (literally) at a friend and climber’s house, and our first foray into filming on the Mombasa Rd Sunday. BUT my flash drive got a virus from the last internet cafe, so I hesitate to plug it into another foreign pc. Hope to get the cell phone sorted out to dial up from my pc soon.
Take good care -LPY