Most of you by now will have heard about the attack by Al Shabob (Al Queda) gunmen and women on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. I won’t attempt a historical overview here, but it has its roots in the Kenya-Somalia conflict that has been simmering for a long time and ratcheted up in intensity and violence in the last couple of years, with grenades lobbed into churches and matatus, and various other small scale attacks. This is a horse of a different color.
Above everything else, I want you to know that we, and all of those close to us here are fine. Red Rhino is thirty miles outside of Nairobi in a quiet, generally sleepy place called Lukenya. The kids know about the attack and we have done everything to let them know that they are safe and secure. They believe us.
The city is quiet today. Most people are home with the news on. And it isn’t good. You’ve no doubt seen the numbers. The terrorists are still in Nakumatt, a kind of Kenyan supermarket, with many hostages, and the city is wandering in the energized limbo of ongoing crisis. The kids have just finished dinner and are getting ready for bed. We have our trust in what can’t be shaken, and our hope in what is ever secure.
For the kids,