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Saturday, September 28, 2013

I am touched, so many people responded to my last blog, people from teams I am in, but we had never talked, people we have been friends with in SP, but have never met, the SP Team themselves.

Thank you for caring! It means a lot.
We are trying to piece our life's together, every day there are things that shake you up again, but also things that touch you.
Stories that come out and touch you. Like the one terrorist, who allowed little children to leave, from the supermarket downstairs, while his colleagues where slaughtering them upstairs. He asked if there are children around and a british Mum stood up and said she had 2, he allowed her to go. Then her 4year old boy told the terrorist he is a bad man and the terrorist asked him to forgive him and gave the little boy & his sister a chocolate.
Or the muslim who, when the terrorists told muslims could leave, but had to recite a prayer to prove they are indeed muslims, quickly wrote a prayer down on paper for the Christian next to him.
The politician's son, who is trained on guns and a police reservist, who came in to rescue his brother who was stuck and ended up rescuing hundreds, at one point he was (we saw picture's later) outside the bank protecting us with his gun.

We were able to get our cars back. Going there and down into the basement parking was traumatizing, not just being there again, but also seeing the damage, chaos & horror. Thank God it was dark, so I did not see much. But I also concentrated on MY car & BF's car. I was with BF's son and a Flying Squat (Special Police unit) Officer. WE walked down there in standing muck & water and could not see much. First I couldn't see my car & panicked. But then It was there, hidden behind another. The battery was totally dead, since the alarm, triggered off by the detonations & gunfire, drained it. We had to push it out of the parking space & one wheel fell into a man hole, we could not see in the muck & water, so the guys had to lift it out again. We managed to turn the car. BF's car was fine, so we used it to toe my car out. BF had meanwhile been send by us to get a jumper cable from a friend who lives nearby. We managed to jumpstart it with no problem. While we were waiting to finalize formalities with the police we saw evidence being carried out of the building by the different forensic teams. I have never seen so many life bullets in my life..... Those Terrorists had enough for a whole army.
Thanks God my car had only minor damage. And even though the rear shocks suffered damage when we pushed the car into the man hole, those shocks were old and just about worn out anyway.

Please pray for Kenya:
- For the different Kenya Defence Forces for wisdom.
- for the bereaved families for strength & healing]
- for the injured & traumatized for physical & spiritual healing
- for those who lost their cars, documents, businesses, & livelihood for strength & new solutions. Most insurance covers do not cover international acts of terrorism!
- For the politicians & journalists for wisdom in all they say, they have done enough damage already with their mindless talks & blamegame

I am very lucky to have friends who are there for me, and try to help us through this. Some were already accompanying us during the ordeal via mobile phone (a wonderful invention.....), even though they were conscious not to drain our batteries, but even hourly sms helped a lot. But even afterwards, the friend who lent a car immediately, those who invited us for dinners & lunches & simply spend time with us and my bosses for their understanding. Currently I am not expected to meet any goals at work, they are happy I am alive & are very supportive & understand that I can't perform well right now. I can chose what I think I can do. They even offered a car (usually reserved for Senior Management) for 2 weeks for me to use.

Healing will still be a long process, but we are managing to get some normalcy into our lives & are also starting to get the shock & trauma out of our systems. When BF finally started emotions on Thursday I was so glad!

Dear Sparkfamily, thanks for all your sweet comments, goodies, emails etc. It is wonderful to know there are people out there who care
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    Glad to hear you are getting some normalcy back in your life. It will take soooo long to recover from this. May you and your bf lean on each other for support and be there when the day just seems to get you down. I'm praying for you and your loved ones and all involved, may you have peace
    2659 days ago
    STEPH, I am glad that you were there to be supportive and strong for those poor young girls who were locked up with you. I am so sorry that you were there because of the trauma and pain that you have to deal with now.
    I will keep praying. And am wishing you God's best blessings, always!

    2663 days ago
    Thank you for allowing me to share in your suffering and Kenya's. emoticon
    2666 days ago
    Thanks for your update, Steffi.
    Praying for healing.
    2667 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Wonderfully written update . . . thanks for that. Will continue to pray. emoticon
    2668 days ago
    There is so much tragedy that abounds where there is terrorism. I so wish that instead of taking a militaristic approach that all our defense money could instead be devoted towards addressing the horrific needs which fuel terror: hunger, poverty, lack of basic services. If basic needs were being met there wouldn't be the desperation which fuels terror.

    The "have-nots" aren't going to tolerate their conditions without repercussions for the rest of us...not to condone for a second their means, but seeking understanding.

    Keeping you, Kenya and the world in our hearts,

    2668 days ago
    I am so glad that you are OK. I will be praying. Thank you for the update.


    God Bless
    2668 days ago
    I am so glad you are safe and there is support for healing from the trauma.
    You gave a very comprehensive report, thank you Steph

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  • IONA72
    emoticon Glad to be of help, hope things improve for you, what a world we live in. emoticon
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  • LAURIE5658
    Steph, I have "known" you on Spark for a long time now but have not really gotten to know you. This horrible atrocity that you witnessed made me realize just how fragile life can be and how precious our friends and loved ones truly are. Like I have mentioned previously, you and Poli are weighing heavily on my heart and I am here for anything that I can do from afar. Be gentle with yourself and may God heal you and all of those involved.

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    2668 days ago
    Thanks for the update - so helpful to know how to pray for you and for the whole situation. I have several friends in Kenya (Eldoret), but none as close as you were to the tragedy. I'm so glad things worked out well for you to get your car back, and am also happy that you've received such support!
    2668 days ago
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