In 1999, I had the privilege of traveling to Nairobi, Kenya as part of an International Delegation of Grassroots Women to attend the U.N. Commission on Human Settlements 17th Session. Dr. Wangari Maathai and other women from Kenya, Germany, Palestine, Bosnia, Uganda, Tanzania, etc. joined with us. During my 18 days in Nairobi, our delegation walked to the slums of Mathare to be hosted by our grassroots sisters. We traveled to the Rift Valley and to Lake Naivasha. We joined Wangari in planting trees for peace at the gates of Karura Forest despite being met by police in riot gear. We were there advocating for gender and housing rights with governmental representative delegations from around the world.
I had fallen in love with Kenya, the people, their potential. I hope you join with me in praying that peace returns to Kenya. This beautiful country and its people deserve peace. I believe in the power of prayer and power of peace!
Nobel Laureates initiate Peace Efforts
January 3, 2008
Kenyan political activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai speaks about the political clashes in Kenya.Source: CNN January 3, 2008 Listen to Wangari Maathai speak about the unrest in Kenya
Humanitarian crisis in the Rift Valley
The Red Cross has a difficult time trying to offer humanitarian aid as violence persists in the Rift Valley. Wangari Maathai's plea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VbgGqYu5d4