We are Tough, but let’s not forget to be KIND – Letter Home


Dear Kenya,

Moments like this make me miss you even more. It’s a Friday, i used to spend this evenings out with some of my crazy friends reminiscing. Not anymore since i came over here. May be i will at some point. However what i am seeing on the main stream media as well as the social media is breaking my heart. Why are brothers and sisters coming against each other because of politics? Why are there so many bulwarks to the growth and the economic development of Kenya as a nation. Why does this have to happen after every 5 years? Should we be investing for five years and then someone reduces our investment into ashes in 5 minutes? NO. That’s abhorrent and repugnant.

It’s time we depict our civilized society status. I am saddened to see frequent fires in our very own markets like Gikomba where many of us have invested their blood and time. Looting on the streets in disguise of demonstrations. What went wrong? Are we not the same people who schooled together and have married across the divide? May God help us.

Memories of the post elections violence on 2007/08 are still so fresh – a had packed all my high school books in an old adidas travel bag given by grandma just in case the fire we saw on the horizon would reach at our place. It was sickening. Imagine the chilling experience and  i was a KCSE candidate then. Never could i wish Kenya to go back there.

To the affected victims i pray that God keep you standing strong no matter what. As Dr. Rick Rigsby said; “When you hit rock bottom, remember this. While you’re struggling, rock bottom can also be a great foundation on which to build and on which to grow.” Keep on standing and rebuild what you lost. And to my fellow youth out there, why are you allowing to be used by political hooligans surely? To burn people’s property and loot? Let’s get busy doing something else meaningful in this life because what matters is not how long we live but how we live! Bills will still need to be paid. I am sure they are not reading this, please pass this message to them with love!

Lets’ all pray for our country Kenya. It’s not normal for what is happening in the country, it’s not normal to loose another life or property. I know we are tough, but let’s not forget to be kind. Let’s keep violence at bay Kenyans.

With much love.


Laban is a Cloud Solutions Engineer at Oracle. He has a Master of Science Degree in Mobile Telecommunications & Innovation and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He has previously worked as a software developer. He takes photography as a hobby but also earns from it...and he considers himself a nomad. His favorite Bible verse is "Romans 12:12"