Movement away and toward

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”.


  1. Mark Says:

    Yesterday morning, when I wrote this, I had already signed up to give a reading at the morning meeting at college. This is what I had chosen to read.

  2. Alan Says:


    We’re in California now… arrived last night. We’re safe, but tired. Hopefully we’ll be able to return to Kenya soon…

    -Alan and Sara

  3. Mark Says:

    He Guys, glad you’re safe. How are you feeling about everything that has happened?

  4. Alan Says:


    Tala was always safe. The students and staff were sad to see us go, but we understand VSO’s concern. I’m not sure if you’ve heard from Kioko, but Sr. Euphemia told me that she received a call from him this past week just after the violence erupted again in Kisumu. From what I heard his house, car, and everything were razed.

    After Kalonzo was selected by Kibaki as the Vice President, then Kambas were somewhat being targeted as Kalonzo is a Kamba. Apparently Kioko was safe in the first wave of violence because he was not a Kikuyu, but he received a phone call one day at work last week telling him not to return home because everything had been razed.

    I didn’t want to post this here, as it’s fairly personal… but I realized I don’t have your e-mail address and I wasn’t sure you had heard about your dear friend. Everyone at the college was worried about Kioko, but he and his wife are safe.

    I’ll keep you posted…