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A Maasai Boy's Diary. (Part Five)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, February 09, 2009

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Young Maasai herder Joseph Jukawe writes another entry in his journal.

Sopai!  This is your young Maasai friend, Joseph Jukawe, writing!  Hope this finds you and your cattle well!

I am doing okay.  Not great, but okay.  The drought is still ongoing here; crops, animals are shriveling up, dying.  It's getting harder to find substinance; we may have to pack up our things, move on to a better area where more food is available.

Stupid cheetah got some more of our baby goats last week; I am beginning to hate cheetah!  Whenever I hear their chirpy bark or see their small, round heads with the round ears, I get angry; I want to kill them all!  They are beginning to drive me crazy!!

Also, I lost cousin to malaria.  He was only four years old.  Name was Muremo.  He really suffered; I was aggrieved when I heard the news from Mamesa!  We may go to his funeral later this week; I know I will cry buckets of tears!  He was such a sweet little child!

Cholera is still ongoing here as well.  The bugs are very bad, and the water supply is dwindeling; what water that's left has become pulluted with dirt, other matter; it's not safe for human consumption.  If you stop outside, you run the risk of being eaten by hungry lions or other predators or becoming sickened by rancid food, water supply.  It's terrible!!

School is okay, but kids tease me, call me daydreamer.  I can't help it; school is boring, and I am beginning to hate Professor Gdumu!  He talks in an annoying monotone voice; he puts me to sleep when he speaks!!  Twice last week he got mad at me, yelled at me in front of my classmates, for falling asleep in class.  Everyone laughed at me; it was enough to make me burst into tears!

Now the kids call me a crying daydreamer.  I am not enjoying school at the moment; I'd give anything to drop out, continue to raise my cattle in peace!

Well, I am going to run along.  Have to go to history; that's my worst subject!  I don't know why I even bother with school; school is nothing but a big waste of my time!  Take care, and  may Engai bless you; pray that things get better for me and  my family!  Thank you for listening!

~Sincerely, your Maasai friend, Joseph Ole Tepelit Jukawe.  :(


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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 2/12/2009
Let the fire of their laughter make you burn into impossible heights, let it be your burning desire to strive
Reviewed by Linda Zebsokey 2/10/2009
A sad reminder of how much suffering there is in our world, Karen. Thanks for writing.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/9/2009
Heart touching write, but Joseph will soon learn to make things better for his family he must have an education, another great write, from your powerful pen
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 2/9/2009
Heart touching Karen, to know what is needed and for us to be able to do nothing. Sad very sad.

Newfie hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Bonnie May 2/9/2009
Sadness and heartbreak in this write Karen, tears, love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/9/2009
Joseph of Masai, I have a neighbor which his a Bantu Princess, Rose is her name, she married a NORAD engineer that worked few years in Kenya when Jomo Kenyata was the head of your country.
Sad to hear that health troubles are hitting your country again and hope that things improve, the United Nations should send medicines free of charge to all in that region as well as people to drill for clean water.


Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/9/2009
A sad journal entry ... life is not easy for young Joseph, or his people. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/9/2009
Another interesting journal entry from such a diverse cultural society..well done

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/9/2009

He certainly has his challenges . . . well-done!! Your pennings are par excellent!!



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