Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Politics as Usual

Today the political campaigns have begun in ominous earnest. We were unable to hear Dr. Hardison several times during rounds because of the truckloads of people going by on the street below with their loudspeakers blaring. December 12 is the anniversary of Kenya's independence (1963), but voting won't take place until the end of the month. Fortunately, we only have to tolerate the campaign noise for two weeks, not two years. In the meantime, no more than five pangas (machetes) can be purchased at one time, in an apparent effort to curtail election-time violence.
More importantly, the beautiful colors of the Kenyan flag -- black spears crossed behind red shields against a green background -- will brighten the countryside tomorrow. Their colors will remind us of Christmas as much as the poinsettia trees in bloom on the hospital grounds!

P.S. Speaking of color, I have tried to add a few photos to the blog. It takes an inordinate amount of time to upload the images, so they are yet few and far between. I am also spasmodically trying to correct my abysmal spelling of Swahili words. Apologies to all!

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