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Cobra in the Kitchen

At 10 o’clock last night I was reading in my room and heard loud cries from the kitchen where we cook over and open fire surrounded by three stones to support cooking pots. Malaye, our cook, spotted a red cobra near the fire. Yohana, a just graduated high school student staying with us ran into […]

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Tragedy Averted

Yesterday morning Nosikari was cooking corn meal gruel for her children gathered around the fire. A loose branch holding the roof in place fell into the fire and ignited. Before she could properly react a wall had caught fire. Nosikari wasted no time in gathering up her two small children and fleeing from the burning […]

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Snakes & Dirty Oil

In addition to boasting of a population of friendly welcoming people, Olbalbal can boast, if boasting is in order, of a serious snake population. We have a lot of snakes around here and they even get into the house. My latest attack method is a liberal application“dirty oil” around the outside of the house. By […]

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Bad Water

Oiti is the name of a tree with small thorns and also the name of a area of Olbalbal. In recent days many people have come from Oiti to the small government clinic here at Olbalbal complaining of serious stomach cramps and vomiting. The people figured that it must be from the water of a […]

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Korduni Bounces Back

Korduni, the 14 month old son of Niomom who takes care of the house here, was fainting and had a very high fever last week. I took them to the American Doctor’s hospital in Karatu that is a two and a half hour drive from here at Olbalbal. They kept him for two days there […]

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I Turned 80 Today

…can’t believe it!

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Malambo or Bust

After four years spent with me here at Olbalbal Fr. Arkado left to open a new mission at Malambo some four hours drive to the North. It took a number of days to get there because of heavy rains and washed out roads. Finally, yesterday, he and Fr. Julieto arrived in time to have Sunday […]

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Yohana Breaks His Arm

We had the installation of our new bishop last Sunday. I did not attend because I received a phone call that one of my students, a senior in high school, broke his arm while playing football. I went to the school about a half hour from Arusha and picked him up early Sunday morning. I […]

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Expired Med Tragedy

Last week a cow became sick at a Maasai village in our area. The owner of the animal went to the shops to look for medicine. The only thing available was a small vial of medicine for injection and he bought it, took the vial home and injected his cow that straightaway died. As is […]

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