Fwd: Re: [saymaListserv] A curious solicitation

Janet Minshall jhminshall at comcast.net
Thu Feb 26 15:18:17 JEST 2004

765-962-7573)  The area code printed in the FWCC directory was wrong 
and I have changed it in the message below.  Janet.

>Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 12:37:16 -0500
>To: <Vmbra at aol.com>
>From: Janet Minshall <jhminshall at comcast.net>
>Subject: Re: [saymaListserv] A curious solicitation
>Cc: sayma at kitenet.net
>Dear Charles Schade,  I worked a couple of assignments sponsored by 
>US Quaker monthly and yearly meetings doing economic development in 
>Kenya in 1986-88 with Kenyan Quakers.  Most of the tribes in Kenya 
>are the same as the tribes in Uganda having been split into separate 
>countries during the time of colonialist occupation.  There has been 
>a significant amount of evangelization by FUM Friends in Kenya 
>(about 250,000 people there and a smaller number in Uganda call 
>themselves Friends). Since I returned to the US and ceased my 
>efforts there (due to disability) I have received two or three such 
>solicitations each year -- sometimes more.
>Uganda is once again caught in the middle of a rebellious uprise or 
>confrontation in the North.  I don't know the details, but have seen 
>photos on the BBC International News.  Anytime there is significant 
>unrest the people of Uganda, Kenya, and much of the rest of Africa 
>revert back to violence based on long-standing tribal hatreds. That 
>has clearly happened again in Uganda.  Some of it makes the US news 
>and some of it doesn't. The last time I was there the wonderful 
>Quaker man who served as my cultural interpreter and guide had just 
>lost his sister in Uganda to poisoning.  Poisoning has been a common 
>form of quiet murder there for millenia.
>A 12 year old boy was interviewed on the BBC International News last 
>night because he seemed to be alone and was obviously frightened of 
>the men yelling and yielding machetes and the women screaming around 
>him.  When asked, he responded in very good English, through his 
>tears, that he was alone, his parents had both been killed in the 
>violence, and all his relatives (who in that culture would have been 
>expected to take him in and care for him) had also been killed.
>If you wish to find out more about the person or persons who sent 
>you that letter, FUM's office in Richmond, Indiana, 101 Quaker Hill 
>Drive, Richmond 47374, phone:765-962-7573, might be your best 
>resource.  (Bill Wagoner used to be the resource person there on 
>East Africa but I'm afraid I've forgotten his actual title.  He is 
>probably retired by now, but there must be someone who picked up his 
>responsibilities with East African Yearly meetings.  Whether the 
>author of the letter is a Quaker or not, Uganda is desperately in 
>need of aid and peacekeeping efforts, (as is Haiti, by the way).  Up 
>until this recent violence Uganda had the distinction of being 
>further ahead in its fight on AIDS prevention and treatment, and in 
>its efforts at economic development, than most of Africa. This is a 
>serious setback.
>If you do contact FUM, please let me (us) know what you find out. 
>Also, the Quaker UN Office (777 United Nationas Plaza, NY, NY 10017, 
>phone 212-682-2735) might be helpful.
>   					 Best Regards,  Janet
>>I received a letter from a person who says he is a Ugandan student 
>>in need of money to complete his education.  It had a Ugandan stamp 
>>and postmark, and was addressed in a different hand than the letter 
>>(both appeared to be hand written).  I don't know anyone in Uganda, 
>>and I am assuming someone is working a mail list.  I have no way of 
>>knowing whether this is a genuine request or a scam but I strongly 
>>suspect the latter.  The writer admits I don't know him, but does 
>>not disclose just how he came across my address in Kampala.  On the 
>>off chance that this is a Friends mailing list, I thought I'd ask 
>>if others have received similar messages.
>>Charles Schade
>>Charleston WV
>>Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association mailing list
>>sayma at kitenet.net

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