Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 - Sad News in Nairobi

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.


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