This morning I got this email from my friend, Justus:

Hey all,
This morning, I was briefed by someone who visited Nzambi together with Philip Muasya, the Standard reporter who first wrote Nzambi’s story. I had a lengthy conversation with this guy, who happens to be a friend of mine from Mwingi.

From the conversation, it struck me that we might be fighting a losing battle (sorry if this sounds discouraging). For starters, we should forget about the co-operation of Aunty Jane or even the father of this girl (politics is playing out here, big time)-they just won’t listen to anyone else except the Red Cross.

Someone has convinced them that there is value in dealing with an established organisation, like the Red Cross, than an amorphous group of individuals. The doctor who has been treating Nzambi has accepted to be interviewed by a newspaper reporter on Monday and Aunty Jane is likely to be interviewed as well- they will paint a rosy picture of Nzambi’s condition and we’ll all look like fools…….

My intention is to send a version of the following letter to the reporter:

Dear Mr. Muasya,

Our group is thrilled that you were able to visit Nzambi recently. Thank you so much for your efforts and concern on her behalf.

As a trained reporter, it will be apparent to you that despite the high regard that Aunty Jane and everyone holds for the Kenyan Red Cross, the facts remain that until last week, at least,
1. they have not paid a penny toward Nzambi’s care
2. she is not walking yet
3. her legs have not been reset
4. her wounds are still infected
5. little medically has been done for her, other than “warehouse” her at the hospital

Aunty Jane confided to our Nairobi colleague that a member of the staff had told her the hospital was considering holding back any treatment they are giving Nzambi due to lack of non-payment.

This situation must be terrifying for Aunty Jane, she is away from home and out of her depth politically.

Our hope is that one way or another, Nzambi gets the treatment she requires to walk again. Ideally she should be in Nairobi Women’s Hospital, but we believe if she gets the treatment she requires at Kenyatta, we will be satisfied. We further hope that once that happens, she may spend some time at the Sanctuary in Meru where she can receive counselling and emotional support in order to live a healthy life in the future. However, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Thank you again, Mr. Muasya.

Respectfully yours,
Sharon Jackson
Deputy Mayor,
Duncan, BC

I am getting it checked over now by other members of our group before I send. If any of you find these emails annoying, let me know and I will begin to respond to questions personally rather than to us all.