I am one of those people who take time to adapt change. I love my comfort zone, routine, knowing what goes where in my spaces…so when all these terrorists decide to raid my country, I am not a happy person. If you have been keeping up with the Kenyan media, you will probably know that there have been a series of bombings , linked arrests by the police and not to mention the shooting of Makaburi . Now, our government is searching all the estates that tend to have a Cushitic populus, mine included. All this has left me questioning whether everything will ever go back to “normal”.
A short while ago, I stumbled on Kurbaan . Well, I was channel -hopping I saw this good looking Bollywood actor i.e. Saif Ali Khan… well, you catch my drift. Kurbaan means sacrificed and tells the story of a Hindu girl Avantika (played by Kareena Kapoor) marrying a Muslim guy Erhsaan (Saif Ali Khan) and migrating to the United States. Later she discovers that she got hitched to a world -class terrorist a la Osama Bin Laden. Well, the movie surprisingly did not have the typical Bollywood music between scenes (at least I did see/hear any) and it was actually one of the few serious crime drama Bollywood movies that I have ever watched. I did not even notice that I was reading the sub-titles. The movie tried to highlight the reason why Muslims turn to jihad and how it affects their families.
This movie and the on-going raids within Nairobi have forced to me to re-examine how I treat people of Cushitic origin.
By the way, I hope we still do not hold onto the misconception that all people of Cushitic origin practice Islam.
I ride the matatu (read bus) with them everyday and always wonder what goes through their minds.
Do they still feel Kenyan as we do?
Is that why Egypt is sometimes viewed as an African State?
Do they think that we are stealing judgemental glances at them?
Would they trade places with us, “normal people”?
I have heard some people argue that Cushites should not feel targeted because the government went on a similar rampage among the Kikuyu community when the Mungiki was a menance…Is it that really true?
Have you watched Kurbaan? What were your thoughts? More importantly, what lessons did you draw from it?
Blogger’s note: This is a bit of a random post. Nonetheless, I felt the need to share my thoughts. This is a very controversial issue at the moment. Please be careful with your comments