books

the 11,000 copies of books I have been waiting to be printed and bound are finally finished. so this means I get to go back to the Sudan and start on the next batch.

in other news: 3 people were killed over the weekend during riots in the town of Kisumu in Kenya. I don’t know the details, but the riots were in relation to protests against the proposed constitution in kenya. all the news article says is that 3 people died in clashes with riot police. I may be mistaken, but I think the riot police round these parts use lethal weapons to disrupt large gatherings. And it is very common for people to end up dead when the police show up.

I am very happy to leave and go back to sudan. Around the 24th of November I have the feeling that all hell will break loose for a few days in this country and it will just be better to be away for a while.

I got this email the other day from the American Embassy:

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – KENYA
1. This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the potential for violence in association with Kenya’s upcoming constitutional referendum on November 21. This Public Announcement expires on December 20, 2005, and supplements the Kenya Travel Warning of July 1, 2005.
2. Kenya will hold a national referendum on a proposed new constitution on Monday, November 21, 2005. Results are expected to be announced on Wednesday, November 23. Americans are advised to review carefully any plans to visit Kenya from mid-November to late December, and to consider delaying travel until after the referendum and associated events have concluded.
3. Recent public rallies, both for and against the proposed new constitution, have turned violent. Although the violence has not been directed at tourists and no foreign visitors have been injured, unsubstantiated allegations that referendum opponents receive international funding have circulated in an attempt to incite crowds against foreigners. Rallies could also disrupt normal transportation and communication systems.

regardless I should be in the middle of Sudan at that point and can watch Kenya fall apart from there.