Tuesday, January 29, 2008


The fifty-four year old father took his wife, five of his six sons and his three daughters to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya this morning. Life as a refugee in Kenya was ending today. Life as a refugee in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota would begin tomorrow.

The eldest son waited on West Mill in Pelican Rapids in -35 degree windchill this morning for word that the family had made it to the airport and would be on their way.

At about the same a political assassination occurred in Nairobi. It is headlines across the world. Rioting is spreading across Nairobi.

Word came finally, but not the words the son had been waiting to hear. The family arrived at the airport only to be turned away. "No planes flying today. Go home."

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