#SorryNotSorry: Garissa Attacks: Are we one?

Hello Team Flyer!

Today we’ve got Roshni Walia from The Kenyan Nomad. She is all about speaking the truth and telling it how it is. Now, this post can certainly be in #TruthTuesdays, we decided to post up here because she is expressing her thoughts and feelings. All in which some people might not agree with and some other will. Making it a perfect addition for #SorryNotSorry as this is also an area for you to stand up for what you believe in.

Read on, let us know what you think about such a delicate manner. And be sure to swing by her page too! While you are there, let her know you spotted her here! Any love is always appreciated! Thanks, Team Flyer!

The Always Believer

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Garissa Attacks: Are we one?

Kenyan people are easily roused by trying times. This Easter was a sombre one for Kenyans as news trickled in of a terrorist attack at Garissa University College. The official death toll stands at 147, though this figure does in no way account for the psychological trauma that survivors and responders suffered, and will continue to deal with for some time to come.

You will recall that there was a similar situation about a year and a half ago, at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. There was outcry and outpouring of sympathy for those involved, and the Kenyan people seemed to miraculously come together as one, united against ‘evil’.

Having faced a second such attack after less than two years however, is it not important to ask whether or not we are united as Kenyans? Justice may be our shield and defender, but it seems that our definitions of justice vary. Many a time, intentions may be pure but the way justice is carried out leaves us wondering. For example, recently, a top government executive called for rejected recruits to immediately report for duty. Sure, this does address the appalling lack of security personnel in the country… but does it address the lack of honest security personnel at all? One wonders how many of the rejected recruits will fall prey to the Kenyan disease of corruption and become like those Kenyan officers who took advantage of the already dire situation during the Westgate tragedy to loot the stores in the mall.

‘We Are One’ should not be a cry that we utter only in times of obvious need, such as during external attacks. I’d like to see a Kenya where we proudly proclaim ‘We Are One’ everyday, and stand united against problems that affect us internally too; such as corruption, petty crime, hunger, and such abject poverty that we should all be ashamed. Where is that united Kenyan spirit during other times? We see divisions of mzungus vs. muhindis vs. mwafrikas, and further division within these groups themselves. We talk about a united front, but often see people looking out only for themselves (and their pockets).

Development is a slow, tedious and multifaceted process. It often seems like one person may not be able to achieve much, but it is through the efforts of individuals that Kenya will slowly move forward economically, socially and politically. Education has a large part to play in this; as does courage. It’ll take a generation of educated, focused and dedicated people to kickstart the processes that will catapult our nation to a stage where we can confidently and honestly say that ‘We Are One’ on all frontiers.

Thankfully, this is already happening. Slowly, but it is. Until then, yes, we do stand together. Maybe not all the time, not everywhere, not all of us. But we are Kenyan, and We Are One.

Roshni Walia

The Kenyan Nomad

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Bio:

I’ve always loved reading, and pretty soon I realised that I enjoyed writing too. I started my blog as a way to update friends and family on the weddings that kept happening in the family, but soon enough it turned into a forum for me to share my thoughts, opinions, and journey of growth. Whether this means reviewing a cool restaurant, talking about where I am in life, featuring a really cool guest blogger or making a list that I think would be useful to others, I hope to do it all. Writing has given me a space to explore myself and the world around me.
I’m a proud Kenyan (and I hate to disappoint, but no, I can’t run very fast), and am absolutely lucky to have been born and brought up there. I got my honours degree in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South, which I love dearly for all that it’s given me. Right now, I’m living in Nairobi, transitioning to ‘real life’ and all that that means. I love being around people, and the energy that people have. I enjoy travelling, and especially love visiting places that have a rich history!
Links:
Facebook: The Kenyan Nomad
Twitter: @roshwalia

 

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