Semper Informanda: Prolegomenon

The Tragedy in Sinai
September 12, 2011, at about 9:00 a.m. as most of the dwellers in Nairobi’s Sinai slum prepared for the day`s work, most of them with no work to go to. Wandering around the village, some discovered an oil leak on one of the pipelines which runs through the slum. The pipeline distributes oil across the country. Little did they know that siphoning the oil that had been leaking the whole night was a disaster waiting to happen. By this time, much of the oil had been swept into Ngong river which meanders through the slum. Someone accidentally lit a cigarette that set off the fire. The pipeline exploded killing over a hundred people and injuring many others, most of them women and children in their iron sheet homes as well as the dozens of poor unemployed young men and women who were siphoning the oil. So many are succumbing to their injuries at the Kenyatta hospital now almost everyday.

I`ve been touched by the stories of many people from the slums who lost their loved ones. I grew up about 500 ft. from Sinai slums at an adjacent suburb (Doonholm) and most of the slum dwellers provide cheap labor not only for the industries (this is near Kenya`s main industrial area) but also for the homes around my former neighborhood. Many, if not all of the families now have nowhere to go and the government as well as the church is trying to do their best to provide food, water, shelter, blood and blankets for them.

I would like to ask the RTS community to continue praying for the church in Nairobi. Pray that the church will be able to provide for these neglected and poverty-stricken people who not only need their physical needs but also their spiritual needs provided for. Pray that the church will care for them and help them rebuild their lives. Pray that God will comfort his people and be what only God can be to them!

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Mr. Josiah Katumu
M.Div. Student
Founder, The Christian Resource Center of Kenya

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