February 4, 2008
While burning houses and deadly violence fills the news here in Kenya,
played a part in a great peacemaking activity!
The Kipsigis are a Kalenjin group around Kericho in the Rift Valley.
The Kisii are
their neighbors across the border in Nyanza Province. As soon as the
were announced, the Kipsigis began targeting the Kisii; they were incorrrectly
perceived as having supported Kibaki in the election. Last Thursday [1/21]
Kipsigis Member of Parliament [David Kimutai Too] was killed by a Kisii
extensive violence broke out on the border between the two groups. Between
and twenty people were killed; many, many wounded; and tens of houses
Jared is an AVP facilitator in Kisii and coordinator of the Uzima Foundation
there (Uzima works with youth empowerment). He is married to a Kipsigis
had to go into hiding in order keep from being attacked.
Malesi Kinaro wrote a proposal to AGLI to support negotiation/reconciliation
between the Kipsigis and Kisii elders. Naturally I agreed.
I just received the following text message from Malesi:
"Jared is walking
in the air. He just finished chairing a meeting that brought together
District Commissioners, Members of Parliament, and elders from Kispsigis
and Kisii. He
says it went so well he doesn't think fighting will continue. We have
been working to see
this day when we make the first step. AGLI, through FPCD (Friends for
Community Development), AGLI's partner in western Kenyan, gave 108,000/-
for this and Uzima gave 40,000/- ($575). The journey is still long and
needed. The Lord reigns!" [NOTE: /- is the symbol for Kenyan Shillings.]
If this has saved the life of even one person, our efforts have been
rewarded. Thanks to
Jared for this great effort!
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