Who cares if an IDP dies?

Somebody please confirm and clarify a few things to me. One, is it true that we recently sent a high-powered delegation of toughies like Raila Odinga, John Michuki and Wangari Maathai to meet donors with begging bowls for over Sh30 billion which will be used to buy out billionaires from Mau forest?

Is this true, or am I dreaming? Ok, assuming this is so, please tell me for I seem to have forgotten, did we send Mr Odinga, Naomi Shabaan, George Saitoti or anybody else to a different forum to seek cash for the resettlement of IDPs?

I assume, because my memory fails me a lot these days, that the latter delegation got overwhelming pledges for these IDPs. In fact it is highly probable that a high-powered delegation is on the ground in Olenguruone, Burnt Forest, Timboroa, Nyahururu, Naivasha and such other places relocating the hapless Kenyans to their former farms.

And because I am completely out of touch with reality, I am sure efforts to move IDPs from their tented camps are being conducted Chinese-road-construction style – by day and by night – in a bid to beat the looming El Nino rains and their resultant floods.

Imagine, for a moment, how cold and soggy it gets when a slight rain hits your town or estate. I can bet that you normally scamper for the warmest part of your house, even opting to sleep in socks and other warm clothing.

Now, picture a three-year old child at Timboroa IDP camp whose best form of roofing is a tarpaulin sheet. For floor tiles, this kid only knows a muddy, flooded ground. In the place of warm attire, the child can only cling to its mother’s cold back.

Imagining these scenes paints a shameful picture on my mind. Is it that those politicians who struck a deal on the Mau report recently have no heart for such innocent children in the IDP camps?

Do these North Rift and Central Kenya leaders realize the implications of the message they sent to the ill-fated persons who were displaced in a fight over nothing they really cared about?

The El Nino rains are soon going to start pounding our countryside and if the weekend deluge is anything to go by, then the floods we are about to experience will surely claim some lives.

Yet isn’t it sorry to see that nothing has been done to cushion our IDPs?

God help Kenya!

7 Replies to “Who cares if an IDP dies?”

  1. I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  2. Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  3. The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  4. How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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