We woke up this morning to several emails checking on our safety. Thank you so much - we and everyone we know are fine. The fire in Nairobi which you've heard about in the international news was caused by a leaking fuel pipeline; hundreds of people rushed to the leak with jerricans to collect free fuel and it is unknown whether a flicked cigarette or embers from burning trash caused the explosion. Over a hundred people died with just as many severly injured. You can read more about it here if you are interested. Since we have lived here this is the second time a major oil fire took place; in 2009 an oil tanker overturned, which again brought hundreds of people to collect the fuel. The truck then exploded, killing 113 people.
Kenya also took a hit on Sunday when a boat full of Somali boatmen kidnapped a British couple from the luxury resort on the coast just south of the Somali border. The man was killed and the woman was kidnapped; unfortunately, she has not been found yet.
All of this amidst the worst drought in the last 60 years in Northern Kenya and Somalia. I think the country is ready for a break.