Generosity Amidst Terror
I have a dear friend who lives and works in Nairobi--I e-mailed him this morning in hopes that he is safe and here is his response:
"Thanks for your concern. I live crosstown from the upscale Westgate Mall. Smoke billows from the structure where attackers and hostages remain. Supposedly mattresses were set aflame. We are two and a half days into the siege and when I awake tomorrow hopefully it will be over. Tremendous response by the Kenyan public to requests for blood donors. The lines are long and others in their generosity bring to the queueing donors food and drink. The country is united. The attack fulfills a promise by Al Shabaab (The Boys, The Youth) to retaliate for Kenyan troops helping to liberate the port town of Kismayu in Somalia.While this goes on Christians in Pakistan mourn their loved ones after the explosions at church. American made drones overhead. It goes on and on with many leaders holding hands at the UN this week.
I guess my friend's safety in Nairobi is not exactly a "hot topic" but I am very moved by the reality of folks coming together in such a crisis. The trouble in Pakistan is not new--my hair-dresser is Pakistani and Catholic, and her father brought the family to the US 20 years ago because of religious persecution. I only that there are Pakistanis as generous as the Kenyans in helping their fellow countrymen.