The Terrorists knew what everyone else knew — education is crucial in Kenya. To find a young person without the ambition of University education is an anomaly. For youth to step on a college campus to pursue higher learning is a cherished gift, especially in Kenya.
The terrorist’s took that away. People started to fear their dream wasn’t safe, that bettering oneself was no longer possible. Not just the 147 that lost their lives; to some extent they took it away from everyone. Some lost it just for a brief moment, a second of doubt. Others still haven’t regained it. A few will never find it again.
Sunday morning news reports came out from Nairobi University. An electical transformer exploded causing students to believe another terrorist attack was underway. It led to a stampede, and some even jumping from five floors up to escape. By the time people understood what was actually happening, 141 were injured and one had died. All Universities stand for is now clouded by underlying fear, this is our reality.
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” ~~ Viktor Frankl
I’ve invested in Kenya for almost half my life now, well over a decade. I have deep roots in that country and many close friends that call Kenya home. My heart breaks on a personal level when tragedy strikes.
I was awake when the first reports broke in the US. By the time I went to bed, according to reports, seven had lost their lives. When I woke in the morning, 15 deceased. When I arrived at the office that morning, 70 confirmed dead. Before I took my lunch, 147 lives lost and 79 injured.
Events like these are no longer to be struggled with on a personal level. Times were much simpler then. Now, every event affects Two Feet Project’s ability to make progress in the lives of young men and women, either positively or negatively. We no longer worry about just our personal safety, we worry about the safety of all those in TFP; not just physically but emotionally as well. It’s a battle that sees no end at the moment; we stare off the bow of the boat hoping for land, only to find a vast ocean of questions.
Our staff is guiding our youth through the questions, doubts, and feelings of hopelessness amidst this situation daily. We allow questions to be asked, and admit that most answers escape our reach. We keep trying.
So today we re-commit to fight for love. That’s all we can do. We fight for the young men and women who have lost hope, even for a brief moment. We fight for all those that lost their lives pursuing a goal so many only dream of.
We wake up, pray for purpose and the courage to believe that love will prevail, even when it doesn’t seem likely. We surrender our fears to the One who can redeem this horrific event. We remind ourselves that apathy isn’t an option. We fight today, tomorrow, and the next day regardless of its difficulty. We fight for love.
They might have taken it away for a moment, but our resolve to restore hope has only grown stronger