AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 18th February 2008

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 18th February 2008[1]

                                                                                                                                                                                

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

National Youth violence Prevention Week

  • All are invited to the National Youth violence Prevention Week from the 23rd February -1st March 2008. The activities planned for this week include: Peace concerts, guidance and counselling in schools and IDP camps, a conference to encourage dialogue among the youth, Laying of flowers at KICC and freedom corner. These activities will take place concurrently in schools and informal settlements around Nairobi that is Kibera, Mathare, Huruma and Dandora.
  • The organisers are requesting for assistance in the form of flowers for the week, and assistance in organising a peace garden for Kenyans, which will be run by the youth as a way of curbing unemployment.

Religious Initiatives

  • CASAM had a meeting at Kasarani yesterday with women leaders. The meeting focused on the importance of peace within our communities and within ourselves. CASAM would like to thank CCP for their support.
  • Rachel Mamoss and The heal the nation foundation team mobilised a team of gospel artists who went to visit the IDP’s at Mathare deport and distributed sanitary towels to the women, The meeting was a great success and the team saw greater improvement in as far as reconciliation and forgiveness is concerned compared to when they were there a month ago, the team is fundraising to enable us visit all the camps country wide, any support is welcome. They also have videos recorded on the event.
TODAY’S MEETINGS

08.00 The  Peace Makers Update, Bruce House 14th Floor                                                  OPEN

11.00 PEACENET offices, Maalim Juma road Opp Royal media, Hurlingham                   OPEN

 

 

IN THE NEWS[2]

  • Mediator Kofi Annan said on Friday, that bringing together ODM and PNU in a coalition was necessary to push through legal, constitutional and other reforms necessary to heal the country. Parties to the negotiation are expected to state their stand for an agreement to be sealed. The talks resume tomorrow.
  • U.N Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon expressed his satisfaction with progress being made by his predecessor in the mediation process.
  • The Kenyans for Peace and Justice Initiative, on Friday gave the Attorney General a 14-day ultimatum to [prosecute top ECK officials over the disputed elections.
  • Many IDP’s continued to be transported to their ancestral homs from the IDP camps.
  • A shortage of water at the Eldoret showground may lead to the spread of disease in the IDP camp if the situation is not immediately arrested.
  • Koffi Annan hinted on Friday that there is a possibility of Ambassador oluyemi Adeniji of Nigeria joining the mediation.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them?

Ethiopian Proverb from African Wisdom on War and Peace, a compilation by Annetta Miller.

 

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

 

Wambui Mwangi  A Thought Around The World

 

A thought, said aloud on the internet,

Travels Around the world In a heartbeat.

I heard it.I heard that first panga slash:

It crawled right out of my laptop

And into My fingertips, Slid into my bloodstream,

Worked its way up my chest and to my throat and squeezed.

 

Squeezed long and hard, left dirty trails of mould,

Where its fingertips had been,

where its poisoned surface

Had been fermenting foment Underneath: in its belly.

I growled back at it.

I summoned up my power and I shouted NO!

 

Sit, I said. Sit down and behave, right now,

I commanded. It laughed at me.

It laughed at me, and multiplied, And morphed,

 And as it morphed it grew strange tentacles,

with flowers on them. Foreign tentacles, foreign flowers;

 

I did not know their languages.

I could not see the meaning of their words.

But I will always hear Their voices In my head.

 

Wambui Mwangi is a member of Concerned Kenyan Writers, a coalition whose purpose is to use our

writing skills to help save Kenya in this polarised time.

 


[1] This daily update is a service to all working for peace. It records the various independent initiatives currently underway to restore peace, assist the displaced and promote truth and justice. It does suggest that these actions are being centrally coordinated.

[2] Sourced from the Daily Nation –Feb 16th and 17th February 2008

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