Reflect :: Response to a Tragedy – Creating a Story of Us

Letter from Natalie Finstad, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tatua Kenya 

Kenya Candle

 

Dear Tatua Family,

As you might have heard, this weekend Nairobi was hit by a wave of senseless violence, the Al Shabaab terrorist group attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi’s Westlands area. The entire Tatua Kenya team is safe, thank you to all of you who have kept us in your prayers and heart.

It is clear that Kenya is responding to this tragedy with the hand of grace. The attack was very disconcerting, it’s never easy to know that violence is close to your home, however the response from Kenyans has been beautiful.  Crowds of people showed up to donate blood, women carried cooked food to the soldiers, Kenyans of all colors carried one another out of Westgate and President Kenyatta and former PM Odinga (formerly rivals) came together to hold their country.  I ask that you continue to stand with Kenya in whichever way seems right for you.

Kenneth and I were talking today about the violence and the subsequent response and Kenneth remarked that this was a beautiful “Story of  Us.” He is right, Marshall Ganz often teaches that a “Story of Us” is not powerful because of our homogeneous nature but because of our diversity. This weekend we saw Kenyans come together, disregard differences, and stand as one nation, one people, with one response. I look forward to celebrating the solidarity of Kenyans, to telling this story in the future.  Join us in hoping that we continue to stand together.

Thank you for your hearts and your hope.

Natalie

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2 thoughts on “Reflect :: Response to a Tragedy – Creating a Story of Us

  1. Dear Natalie, So good to hear from you and learn about the positive response to the frightening events In Nairobi. We have been thinking about you and your TatuaKenya family and were relieved To hear that no one was directly involved with the violence. Paul and I were in northern N.E. for a few days and only had scattered WiFi but we heard about The hostage taking on the radio and held you in our hearts and prayers. Tragedy often brings people together. I am sorry it took this terrible event to make it happen In Kenya but it does make you feel proud of Kenya and its people. You remain in our thoughts. Be safe. Love, Jean

    Sent from my iPad

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