We are planning on going on Safari in Sweetwater this weekend but we found out today that the Prime Minister of Kenya will be there on Saturday as well. This is bad news bears. The constitution here in Kenya is undergoing changes and there will be a vote on August 4th regarding these changes. Unfortunately, the Kenyan population is unhappy with the proposed changes, specifically those of Christian religion. I’m not exactly sure of the details, and I may be wrong in what I have seemed to learn about the whole situation so far. All I know is that it has something to do with Christians being upset about the new constitution’s legalization (or perceived legalization…not sure if its actually being legalized or if they just think it sounds that way?) of abortion and something about the Islamic family courts. Anyways, regardless of what the real political turmoil is about, it makes it unsafe to be in the same place as the Prime Minister. There was a rally last week where grenades were thrown and 6 people were killed and many more were injured. The Kenya High Commission sent a message to all Canadian’s abroad advising them to act with extreme caution in public areas, especially because we are a visible minority.
I really noticed today that I was a visible minority. We stopped at the Nakumatt to go grocery shopping and I couldn’t help but feel awkward and uncomfortable. I’m not sure if that is something that you ever get used to. We were dressed conservatively in capris and t-shirts, but it’s hard not to feel extremely exposed with bare, white arms. I’m sure it’s all in my head but I couldn’t help feeling like I was being starred at. It is assumed that we are carrying with us lots of money and expensive goods simply because of the colour of our skin. There is no fitting in at all here, you have to be prepared to be starred at and judged and asked for things every time you step outside.