In the year 2007, in my home country Kenya, we were on call with my aunt who was trying to escape being killed together with her family from the night of 27th December of that year. That was right after the election results declared Mwai Kibaki as the president. Shortly after we also began to get other frantic calls from friends. All of them resided in Eldoret, Rift Valley province. They all were giving the same accounts, a group of young boys wielding machetes and chanting war songs were approaching their homes burning and destroying everything. For all of them they escaped death by being hosted by benovelent neighbors. Their homes were looted and burned down. I remember I could hardly eat or sleep, and it felt like I was in the war zone with my aunt and family friends. If you Google PTSD, I manifested all the symptoms. It’s not until peace was brokered between Raila and Mwai and a cease fire was called that my body returned back to some semblance of normal. However something cracked.
I realized something was not adding up as far as the narrative about who I am, what is going on in the country and generally a lot of information I had been fed about politics. Because the post election violence, brought to my consciousness there was a deep sitted hatred for my community the Agikuyu people, and no way that hate was from nowhere. As such I decided to try make sense by seeking out whatever information I could get a hold of. And I have been on the path of unearthing the truth since then.
They say that the victor writes a history that favors and embellishes him. Only in the case of the Agikuyu, the story is mostly one of betrayal from kin. Yes independence was won by a well organized group of people from all walks of life, maliciously referred to as Mau Mau, while it was a group of patriotic, courageous, honest and intelligent men and women. However the ones who helped the british invaders set their rule, steal the lands, kill so many people and start this whole mess seem to have been the ones rewarded. And how then did that translate to the hatred of the Agikuyu people, seemingly by almost all communities? Because the kin folk who were part of the british mafia gang went ahead and imposed their gangstarism which they acquired from the british invaders on the rest of the country. Key among them resettling the Agikuyu in lands stolen by british from other communities. That and also running the country as if it’s a Kikuyu affair, same way the british invaders did, and the rest being miseducated on what transpired bought into the propaganda Agikuyu people are all in into the crooked ways things are run. Just how politicians love their population, ignorant because that way they are easy to manipulate. Sigh. It’s a mess.
How do we break from this shackles? How do we get justice for the blood of our ancestors that has been spilt? How do we move and heal from the mess? Because since the invaders came, it’s been a web of more injustices, more wounds. Butterfly effect.
History is now. Not the past, and it will be the future if not addressed, said the great psychologist Dr Amos Wilson. Without correct information a generation is doomed to behave in a self destructive manner because that discontinuation leaves a vacuum so that a people are not anchored to anything. And therefore gratifying their every wish without measuring consequences is not an issue. If history is now, it means that information serves to give you aspirations as well. Without it, again one feels lost. It’s therefore unjust to miseducate people from their true history.
How can we talk of mental wellness without then knowing our history collectively?
Please use this for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for seeking out professional help. The views expressed here in are from my personal experiences as well as from those I have interacted with. And while one may resonate with what is shared, it’s not a substitute for appreciating your own unique personal experience. Always do your own research and due deligence on any topic to guard against being hoodwinked.