Thursday, January 10, 2008

Stop the Killings!

The nation lies wounded, bleeding at your feet. The blood of innocents flows torrentially into the Great Rift Valley lakes and rivers. Lake victoria threatens to turn crimson with the blood of people whose only crime was to (presumably) vote differently from us.
Ethnic cleansing is rife in most parts of our beautiful country.
While this continues, we fan the flames by distributing evil emails, sms and messages, unaware that we are initiating yet another chain of bloodletting by inflaming passions one way or the other.
The nation stands on the brink of a precipice. The decision is in our hands- we can jump and join Somalia and other African countries that bloat the pantheon of failed states. Or we can, by our individual efforts, move to stem the bloodshed, by refusing to engage in negative thought, emotions and acts. We can stop our fathers, brothers and sons from wielding those machetes; we can stop them from burning women and children in churches and other sanctuaries.
We can stop and help injured neighbours; we can provide food and shelter to those displaced. We can call our friends and acquaintances and pass on a positive message.
We can believe in the dream of a safer future, free of ethnic jingoism, where everyone is given the opportunity to strive for a better life.
WE CAN SAY NO TO VIOLENCE.
FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH ALL IT TAKES IS FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING.
STOP THE KILLINGS!

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