Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Life isn't fair

It’s Sunday, and we are enjoying our day of rest. Reading. Napping. Munching. Savoring the quiet that results from our Sunday ‘no visitors’ policy. Later in the day, American, British, and Danish friends come over for a friend’s birthday party. We dig into pork-chops and baked macaroni-n-cheese. Everyone is drinking, eating, laughing. We sing “Happy Birthday”.

It’s Sunday, and they are miles from their village, in the bush, collecting charcoal. It takes a lot of time and effort to make charcoal. A sack of charcoal fetches 10,000 Ugandan shillings, or $6.00 US. They have collected their charcoal and are walking back home, seven of them, men and women. Their path is crossed by armed bandits. The bandits open fire on the little group. The volley of shots can be heard from our house. Bullets ruin bodies. One to a man’s head. One to a woman’s hip. Another to a man’s pelvis. Five are killed. Two cling tenuously to life. All are from our neighborhood. Senseless violence.

It’s Sunday, and life isn’t fair.

8 comments:

Nakiru said...

The shootings are senseless. We used to have an AK47 until the gov't collected it. So now, more guns have shown up?

We would hit the floor during gunfire. Stay safe.

Who was killed and hurt?

Martha Schmidt

Larry said...

I'm so sorry about the recent loss of life and serious injury in the area. I so appreciate your willingness to stay the course, learn, remain patient with thte process while contending for the Gospel.

Larry

Larry said...

I read in detail the "Sweet & Salty" email sent out 6/21. I appreciate your wise assessment and growing perspective of the region. It certainly is a learning experience. I'm hopeful that your time in Kenya will prove encouraging to you both. Just processing the events of June with others should prove helpful. I think your return together with the arrival of Medair staff will increase your confidence for round-2. I will pass the email on to specific prayer warriors. Finally, I like the idea of poviding binoculars to the various IK villages. Just let me know how I can support the effort. Finally, I hope you're able to pick-up a minimum 308 caliber rifle, if the opportunity presents itself. Just a thought. 8-) Later....LS

Terrill and Amber Schrock said...

Martha, I don't know the names of any of the people who were shot. One was from Rapanyang, two from just across the road, and the rest from Lomusian and Nagala. The community was really impacted by this attack.

I don't know that more guns have shown up, but there has been an increase in armed robberies and assaults that have nothing to do with cattle. And now that the local people have been disarmed, they have no way to defend themselves. It's a mess.

Douglas said...

You had better hit the floor also when you hear gunfire. Dad

Jesus Activism Group said...

Hi there, just wanted to let you know we have found your blog and will try to keep up with it. Excited for you guys.

Blessings,
Jonathan

Chad said...

Sorry--known my way to this thing but just shook free of lassitude enough to sign up. Pretty incredible story/juxtaposition, that. I suppose the good news is that this tragedy is relatively isolated? But part of a growing pattern, hmm. Lovely two paragraph presentation, but--how did you all find out about it? Run or sneak out that Sunday eve? I wonder what happened after the party was interrupted. Of course, we keep praying. Targeted Prayers.

Brendan said...

We are praying for you guys like crazy. I'm glad you two are safe. Also glad to hear that you guys are adjusting to the speed with which you can get things done over there. Be bold yet patient as you wait on the Lord.

Brendan