, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22 – We all know the frustrating feeling of calling a person, it goes through, rings and rings and there’s no response.
The feeling is worse when you already know the person is in a dangerous area.
Such is the situation for the family of Alfred Moseti who was at the AMISOM base in El Adde that came under attack by Al Shabaab militia.
“I just hope the call will be answered, and our son will be the one receiving it,” his uncle Nicholas Obaga says.
On Friday, when the news of the attack broke, family members were all on their phones trying to reach him.
“It went through until Monday when it was switched off,” a remorseful Obaga recounts.
A week later when President Uhuru Kenyatta led the country in honouring the fallen soldiers at the Armed Forces Memorial Hospital, the family’s hopes of finding their son alive were revived – Moseti’s phone again went through.
“We called him today and the phone went through but it was not answered,” he said.
“Could he be among those who were abducted by the terrorists or he is just hiding?” he asked though very sure he has to wait for the answers from the relevant authorities.
The 25-year old officer hails from Keroka in Kisii and according to his uncle, he is married and also the sole bread winner of his ailing parents.
“They were not able to come due to financial constraints…the mother is not also feeling well,” Josephine Kerubo, the wife to Obaga pointed out.
“He was the hope of the family, our only hope.”
The story is similar for Joseph Kitiyo, who remains hopeful that his 28 year-old son will be found alive.
“I believe my son is coming back home to continue taking care of his three kids,” Kitiyo who was rushing to join other family members told Capital FM News.
Leting (the only name he provided) asked for time to come to terms with the dire situation.
“My heart is heavy, I need time to heal,” he said.
He lost his elder brother.
President Kenyatta knows their pain very well and has assured the country that their blood was not shed in vain.
“In our prayers, let us thank God for them and ask for the protection and guidance,” the Head of State said.
He said he was proud of the sacrifice the soldiers gave to their country. “The fallen soldiers shall be honoured for paying the ultimate price while in the line of duty.”