The Kenyans are calling the demonstrations the Azimio protests.
“Azimio” is a coalition of government leaders who are in opposition to the
current government of the president, William Ruto.
But the Azimio and much of the country are not convinced that
all of the costs are beyond control of the government. To let their voice be
heard, they have taken to the streets.
Azimio is led by the leader of the Luo tribe, Raila Odinga.
The Luo are located in the western part of Kenya, just to the north of the
Kisii tribe. The main city of the Luo is Kisumu, which is also the main airport
that serves all of western Kenya.
Whether it is unfortunate or otherwise, our travelers of the
Marquis family + Josh arrived in Kisumu from Nairobi this morning, Kenya time.
Although they arrived safely, it is unsafe for them to them to continue by car
up to Kisii at this time.
This is to be the final day of the protests, so we are
praying that tomorrow (Saturday), God will open the way for them to drive to
Kisii. Joel says it is unsafe to make the trip by night, since the road between
Kisumu and Kisii is through the bush.
But Ben and Joanna and company are safe. They are in a hotel
near the city center which is guarded by many police.
Thank you for your prayers for this family. They are doing
well, but it is their first time in Africa and of course their first time to
visit the orphanage.