Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Walking Home Review

I know, you might of a lot of questions in your head about the book waking home. Should I read this book, those this book teaches me something and most importantly is it worth my time. Well then today is your lucky day, so welcome again to my blog and today we will be discussing the overall ranking of the book Walking Home written by Eric Walters.  

Walking home is a story about of how two orphans lost  their family in the 2007 Kenyan crisis and how they found the remains of their family. So the first question in you're mind would be, did you like the book, I personally loved it because of the ways Walters showed the story in a perspective of an innocent young men who carried the guilt of losing both of his parents and of  not being able to help them still kept hope by walking over 200 hundred kilometers along with his sister to find his Maternal grandparents, this story was really inspirational how a young boy never lost hope. This book also explained about a big global issue of 2017, the 2007 Kenyan crisis, the story give me knowledge about how the crisis started, how all people of Kenya were affected and how the crisis ended. This story explained about how people abuse their powers to get people in their support to get revenge on others that did not support him. This sounds like a clear global issue to me.

Would I recommend this book, yes because people around the world need to be aware of how political leaders in third world countries manipulate people into doing their dirty work so they can seek revenge on their competitors after losing elections. This outcome affects many people in the country, by having family members killed, losing you're home and losing your belongings, etc. People around the world need to know how it feels to lose everything, the main character in the book had lost this parent, his house and many other things. We need to have some empathy for those people and later have the compassion to help them out.

So things for reading my blogs, I hope you enjoyed reading them, I encourage you to read the book Walking Home because I think you will enjoy it. Have a nice day and don’t forget to be nice to others.  

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Fifth 20% of Walking Home

Home, an important place isn't it, it is the place where you have stories and many memories attached to. Well for some Kenyan people they never got to see their homes again after the 2007 Kenyan crisis. How. would it feel to have your home a place that shelters you, keeps you warm and safe destroyed, I really do notknow. Welcome again to Parmeet’s blog and today we are going to be talking about how the book ended andthen we will talk about the main topic of the blog.

Muchoki and Jata have now finished his 200 km walk and they have reached the village of their maternal
grandparents they told them the sad news about their daughter passing away. Muchoki and Jata have now been welcomed into the family and they have escaped the faith of going to an orphanage.

“You have come so far to bring me such terrible news. I always dreamed that one day she would ret urn, and now you have told me she never will. You have taken away the last thing of her I held, The hope that she would come back”(Walters 288)

On their travels to Kikima, Muchoki and Jata had to pass Kibera, a city in Nairobi that had the most violence in all of Kenya. That area is mostly violent because the police did not do anything at the start of theproblem, when the problem got worse then the police started randomly firing at all people in the area. Another thing Muchoki maternal grandfather has now presented a large piece of string for Muchoki and Jatato follow to get their new home.

“No, we are not going to my home. We are going to our home. Together we are walking home”
(Walters 290)

Now it is time to get to the main part of the blog. We all not that Muchoki house was destroyed by the rioters and then he spent about 40% of the book in a tent at the camp, this place had become a temporary home for Muchoki family to stay in while Muchoki mother was “healing” well that never happened but this place connects to Muchoki and his struggle of surviving at the camp.

I have created a picture online of Muchoki’s tent and here they are.

Now here is a list of the things I added in the image and the reason why.

1. 2 Red cots
In his tent that he stayed about two months, there was 2 cot(bed) with red blankets over it because that was the color of blankets that the camp supplied on which the family slept on.
2. Stones
There are stones placed around a fire to keep it contain because there were many incidents at the camp where the fire spreads lighting tents on fire and it has injured many people
3. fireplace
Muchoki loves cooking, throughout the book he cooked on firepit to feed himself and his sister during the travel and at the camp by cooking, porridge, bean, maize and a gazelle once
4. Two logs
There are two logs where Muchoki and his family ate after cooking their meal by the firepit and that is also the area where Muchoki’s mom told her children stories at night about the Kamba people
5. A pot   
There's a pot over the firepit where the meals are cooked by Muchoki and his mother for the family with boiling water inside side because the food that Muchoki ate required boiling
6.  3 pillow
They had been supplied blue pillows from the camp
7. A big grey tent
The tent is where Muchoki and Jata spent 40% of the book in for me. Their big grey tent had become a temporary home of theirs after living in it for over two months

Well, that’s it for today guys, we have now completed our journey through the book Walking home written by Eric Walters. If you still have not read this book I recommend you read it because it is really descriptive about Kenyan culture and I got to learn something new, this had been a great journey, once again thanks for reading my post and don’t forget to be nice to others.  

Fourth 20% of waking home

Hello guys,so  today I’m gonna start blog with a question, what did a every innocent person of Kenya experience in the crisis,  I’m not gonna explain what has happened so far in the story, well I have told Muchoki story and how his life was shaped by the crisis, but today I’m gonna explain Jomo story, He is a minor character in the book who also experienced terrible thing leaving his home

December 30, 2007
It was 11 o clock at night when my dad came up to me running
“Get up Jomo,” said my Father
“What is it Papa,” I said
“It is not safe we have got to leave immediately”
“Why what happened”
“The Luo are attacking, we must evacuate Webuyu immediately, get your mother and sister and let’s go”
I quickly got out of bad, I ran to my sisters to my who was asleep I woke them and told them to get up because it is not safe anymore I told them that we have to go immediately and they followed me downstairs. My father had taken a few weapons to defend ourselves against the Luo. We walked out of our home and saw people in the village running away from the people with torches and weapons. I ran behind my father while my sisters ran behind me holding my mother's hand. We walked into this large group who were exiting the city and trying to get far from the rioters. I looked back over a group of people, I saw them coming towards yelling and screaming Dhoublo, some men in the group also yelled back with their anguished screams and they went to hold them off so their loved ones could escape and the sacrifice of those 20 men gave helped give my family some extra time to get away. I was surprised to see no police officers around trying to defend us, it is their responsibility to. Maybe they were just hiding in their office afraid to show themselves to the rioters. Th Luo had set some stores and we quickly escaped and we walked up on this big hill following some other people that homes on fire with their torches which is spreading to other houses and left the town where my family continued moving forward until we got to the top of hill where my father said
“I will go ahead to Isolo, I have heard that situations there are still good”
“Where do we go while the time you're there,” my mother asked
There has been a camp established at Joto, you should go there, once I have made to Isolo and I have found a place to stay I will send a car to pick you guys up in”
“Okay Papa ”

“Until I don’t come back Jomo you're the man of the family. keep your mother and sister safe at all times”
"yes Papa"

Then I saw him walking away into the darkness, now I was left alone with my mother and sisters with the responsibility to protect them at all costs.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Third 20% of Walking Home

Have you ever felt the pain of a family member dying in a cruel and violent way just to protect you, have you ever felt the pain of family member dying after suffering through a very painful disease, I have never experienced this, but for many kids in Kenya this was a reality of losing both of their parents in the 2007 kenyan crisis. Well welcome again to a  another blog today about the book Walking Home. I’m really sorry for being off my schedule and i’m trying to catch up to it.

So before I get to the main topic of the blog today I just want to tell what has happened so far in the book. Muchoki has proved himself to be a brave and courageous man, he and his little sister have now escaped the camp with the support of the sergeant. The two of them have set off on what seems like an impossible quest to walk over a hundred miles across Kenya in search of their last remaining family. They have started their walk from a place called Joto, from there they walk down a road to Nairobi the capital of Kenya, after that, they will walk past a city Machakos, then, at last, they will reach their destination Kikima.

Since the walk has started in the book I have slowly started to lose interest because when they were at the camp there was more talk with others about the political situation of the book and those are the parts that I like most, since the walk has started the only people Muchoki and Jata have mate are two Maasai warriors who have no interest in political violence that has happened in the country.

“I have no interest in politics or politicians or political events. We ask only that politicians leave us to live our lives in a traditional way. Of course, we have different ideas about livestock. Do you know that all the cattle in the world belongs to the Maasai people”     

One of the two Maasai later helped Muchoki and Jata travel through an area where there are some lions and tigers,  So enough with what has happened so far in the book. Now it is time to compare the charter rights of freedom to Walking Home. The equity rights are violated in this book by the different tribes having the different amount of control in the country. The crisis started because of a Kikuyu getting elected as prime minister lowered the rights of Luo, Kalenjin, and Maasai, so they attacked the Kikuyu and Kamba for more control in government.

In Canada we have the freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication until there are no violent threats and not expressing themselves in violent ways, in Kenya I think they passed that level when people their started raiding streets and cities and when they started lighting churches on fire that had people still inside of them. This might not be connected to the charter but the police did not help anyone during the riots, instead, they were hiding in the police stations not fulfilling their duties of protecting the innocent that were being harmed, after the damage was done than the police showed up to help control the situations in Kenya.   

That what I had to say for today, we have now read more than 50% of the book, as always I will recommend you to read Walking Home by Eric Walters because this book aware's you about what happens around the world. Thanks for reading my blog and don’t forget to be nice to others.  

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Second 20% of Walking Home

I feel terrible sometimes thinking what would have my life looked like if I were part of the 2007 Kenyan crisis. Would I been scared, sad or just feel lucky to be alive, I don’t know, so welcome to Parmeet blog and today I will discuss to you what crushes my heart reading Walking Home written by Eric Walters

So far in the book, Muchoki is still struggling to deal with the regret of losing his father. Muchoki has become good friends with a sergeant guarding the refugee camp after inviting the sergeant at his tent for a bowl of Gazelle soup, he has told him the story of what happened the day he had to evacuate his home and also the story of how his father was killed.

“They swept through the front gate of the church grounds, screaming and yelling, and people inside and outside the church grounds the church answered with their own anguished screams. I grabbed my sisters in my arms and carried her through the crowd to the back of the building and out the rear doors. I yelled for my mother to run! I looked over my shoulder as we stumbled into a cornfield. Desperately, I looked for my father, but I knew he was gone” (Walters 92)

This paragraph I found to be really descriptive about what happened that day and the last 5 words “But I knew he was gone” (Walters 92) was just really crushing thinking that this was an actual event in Kenya. Muchoki’s father sacrificed his life for his family at the church by holding them back by holding them back, if that isn’t bravery I do not know what is.

Well, so do you guys remember Jomo, over the course of a month Muchoki and Jomo have become best friends. Jomo’s father had never come to the camp because he left to go find a place new place to live and once he had found it he would come back to pick up the rest of his family at the refugee camp. Well, he came, Yay, but this fact meant that everyone else was starting a new life but him making him feel lost because he needs his mother to heal before they can travel.

“I felt sad and happy. Sad that they were leaving that my friend was leaving and happy because it meant it was possible to leave. Somebody I knew and cared for was going to a better place. I was happy for my friend, and I was happy because it meant that someday  could go through that gate to a better place as well”(Walters 81)      

So Jomo’s moved ahead in life, good for him! Muchoki knows that it is possible to leave once his mother is cured but something unexpected changes his life and destroys his hope of his mother being cured of malaria. This next paragraph explains what happened.

“It was good none of this woken up our mother. She was quietly sleeping. In fact, she hadn’t moved at all. I held my breath, listening for hers. I could hear her . . . or was it Jata?
I bent down and placed my ear by my mother’s mouth, straying, praying hoping for a sound. There was nothing. I touched her face with my hand. It was cold. My mother was gone”(Walters 101)

After I read this paragraph I felt a little sad because Muchoki and his sister Jata are now orphans who have no family left but each other but soon that is going to break apart as well because the camp manager is going to send Muchoki and Jata to different orphanages because Muchoki is not old enough to take care of himself and his younger sister. Muchoki couldn’t just let his only family member go away from him, so with the help of the sergeant, Muchoki and Jata are escaping the camp tonight and they are going to start a journey to kikima to reconnect with his lost family.

“I do not want you or you're sister to be punished either. You will not leave threw through the gate. You will leave through the back. There is a spot I can squeeze you under the fence” (Walters 111)

Well, thanks for reading my blog post I hope you enjoyed reading this and encourage you to read the book Walking home because this book describes a really important global issue. Have a good day and don’t forget to always be nice others.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

First 20% of Walking Home

Hi, guys welcome back to Parmeet’s blog today I will talk to you about the first 20% I have read of the book Walking home written by Eric Walters. I’m sorry for being off my schedule I have just gotten a bit lazy so hang in there.

So this story is about a 13-year-old Muchoki who can hardly believe how much his life has changed. Life used to be normal in Eldoret a Kenyan village until a sudden political violence killed his father and destroyed his home and the family shop. Now Muchoki, his younger sister, and their ill mother are now in crowded refugee camp trying to fend off hunger, Muchoki knowing his father is dead still wishes that his father will come to the camp and take him the rest of his family away from there where they can start a new life together.

I couldn’t believe how lucky they were I could only just wish that my father was coming back to get us.(Walters 31)

Muchoki sounds like a character that is very confused about what he can to help his family because his father is dead, his mother is too ill with malaria to help and his sister is too little and she needs to be taken care of. So he has currently made curing his mother of malaria his top priority by giving her lots of rest and getting water from the water tank, getting firewood and also hunting because he said that meat is the best cure to malaria.

My mother seemed less able to do things as the sickness got stronger. Malaria is like that. Sometimes it was so powerful a person couldn't work, sometimes a so strong person couldn’t even walk. I had seen it that bad with my mother before, and then it had passed. It would pass time. I’d seen it worse. And yet that scared me more. Did that mean it was going to get worse before it got better?(Walters 41)  

He also has a strong opinion of making of school and church at the camp while they can focus their attention on getting more food because he never had to face issue of not having enough food on the table before until they came to the refugee camp were they get a bundle of food after a week or more.

Funny how we didn’t always have enough food or water but this gigantic tent has appeared so there could be a church. The ministers would say that God’s Kingdom was more important than this one, but we were living in this one right now, and more food and heavier blankets would have been good. Would Jesus have built a temple of fed the poor first?(Walters 40)

The reason of the attack so far I know about it is that a change of government in Kenya created a war between of the tribes Luo, Kalenjin and Maasai against Kamba and Kikuyu which ended up affecting all tribes in Kenya by starting riots between them too. Muchoki’s father was killed while fleeing the town with his family. This line has been one of the most important pieces of information I have found reading this book.

I knew he was talking about the rioting and killing in Nairobi and other places. Across the country, there had been killings-members of one tribe slaughtering members of another. Luo, Kalenjin, and Maasai killing Kikuyu and Kamba. Kikuyu and Kamba killing Luo, Kalenjin, and Maasai. (Walters 12)

What I have found best about this book is how the author shows the difficulty of living in a refugee camp, this makes me believe how lucky I am living in Canada where I do not need to worry about being left on the streets with nowhere to go. The hardest thing for me to do reading this book was being able to place myself in Muchoki shoe’s being around the same age as him I should feel how he feels but I can’t because I have never faced a situation of fleeing my home because it is no longer safe their, I hope by the end of the book I can place myself in Muchoki shoe’s and feel his emotions.

Well, thanks for reading my blog post I hope you enjoyed reading this and encourage you to read the book Walking home. Have a good day and don’t forget to always be nice others.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A New Journey

Hello guys welcome to Parmeet's blog, today I’m starting a new journey of the book Walking Home written by Eric Walters today. This book is about a 13-year-old boy and his younger sister who used to have a normal and happy life in Kenya before a sudden political violence killed their father and left the rest of his family in a refugee camp. You’ll be wondering why I chose this book, I chose it because I want to experience how difficult times where there is no support from the government, and also I want to learn how they gained hope to change their future after the sudden political violence in their country. I’m expecting this book to be a bit sad and the story is about desperation and hard work.