Genocide and Crime

Human remains at the Nyamata Genocide Memorial

Human remains at the Nyamata Genocide Memorial

This morning we visited the Nyamata Genocide Memorial where horrific atrocities took place in 1994. Thousands of Tutsi’s fled to the church we visited and had crowded inside thinking they would find safety there. They were massacred in many unfathomably brutal ways. The stories we were told of the methods of killing were haunting. All of the clothing of those killed has been left in stacks in the church and the bones of many have been organized and shelved in the church basement. Of the thousands who sought refuge here only 3 people survived. It was a sobering experience. You can read more about it here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/despatches/82978.stm

 

This evening we arrived in Nairobi, the city notorious for its excessive crime rate. We have just joined a group tour that will take us through Kenya and Tanzania. We are travelling with 15 others and had dinner with six of them. At dinner one of the ladies had placed her bag under the table. While we were chatting and eating, two people sat at the table behind us, refused to order when a waitress approached them and quickly disappeared after that. At the end of dinner the lady discovered her bag with her passport, credit cards and other personal effects was gone. The hotel we are in has six floors with security guards on every floor and gated security before reaching the building. Still it is not enough to stop the crime that occurs here all the time. Although there are some great attractions in Nairobi we are looking forward to getting out of this crime ridden city.

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