Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
19Trip End Nov 17, 2012
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For light relief we went out for a proper Kenyan lunch, which was beans and chapatis for the grown ups and omelette and chapatis with kale for the kids
Women here are still treated pretty badly in some parts, especially towards the costal areas in certain tribes. New Life do work with some of the 'forgotten tribes' out there, who most Kenyans would not be aware of and they aren't big enough to have any political significance so are desperately poor and neglected with very few rights or support. Women and children can be trafficked to America, and we met an American last week who works in New York with trafficked women. There is, apparently a supply route from Kenya and he was over to investigate more about it. Apparently, when the traffickers get the women to New York, this particular network hits the woman in a particular place to essentially partially lobotomise her so she won't be able to think or plan enough to run off and will be docile. They have found hundreds of women with this exact injury that was traced back to this gang
We went off to the ark this afternoon, where the kids had spent the entire day watching movies. They are on their big summer break and the carers aren't really providing care. So Paul ran an impromptu kids club and then we went off to get some shopping, in the middle of a thunderstorm.
Lastly, we all met baby ELLA today, who has been given the surname 'expectation' but in Kiswahili which I can't for the life of me remember. She's just two kg and in an incubator and posed for the photo by opening her eyes and looking straight at us. Our Ella was really pleased to have the baby named after her, although Isaac is a little envious. Susannah has said that if a boy comes in she'll name him Isaac; weirdly he really cares about this so here's hoping!
And, thank The Lord, we are all back healthy today and Obama has won the election! Double hurrah!!