This week saw another attack on an old man by a cape buffalo. It seems that as we get into the wet season with more green grass at lower elevations, The buffalo are moving with the grass. These huge cow resembling animals are more and more in evidence near us here on the edge of the Serengeti plains. It was late evening and the Maasai elder was walking home from the trading center shops here at Olbalbal. He surprised an old bull resting in a thicket next to the footpath. The center of the huge horn structure impacted him on the chest and forehead. Fortunately, those razor sharp points on the horns missed him by inches on each side. The man passed out and was found the next morning by women on their way to draw water. Help came in the form of young warriors who carried the man to our local government clinic. It seems that, aside from a couple of broken ribs, the fellow is ok. He is now recovering at a village near the mission.
Ngorongoro Conservation Brings Food Help:
Corn has has been distributed at the excellent price of three dollars a bucket full. The corn situation has become a problem in the past few weeks and the Maasai never have enough milk, so this help will make a real difference.
Daring Daylight Raids:
Pat Patton’s Flying Medical Service does a clinic at Olbalbal every two
weeks. The team consists of a pilot and a doctor. The last two visits of the plane have been anything but normal. Two weeks ago a small boy swooped in and grabbed the money paid by the people for medical treatment. He disappeared so quickly that no one was able to catch him. The doctor went to the village leader and the money was quickly returned. The boy was sentenced to do some weed pulling on the airstrip.
This week one of the four cloth bags that the doctor uses to weigh the babies prior to giving them inoculations for various diseases was scooped up by one of the women with a sick child. She walked off with it and took the bag to her village. I guess the value of the bag was about a dollar. It seems that the medic in our local government clinic had said something to the effect that he couldn’t treat her baby because he didn’t have a bag to weigh the child in.
Weird Stuff is happening!
Fr. Arkado, my fellow missionary here at Olbalbal is a member of The Society of African Missions. His group has a project to help the handicapped called “Project Smile.” This effort provides funds for operations that would otherwise be impossible for struggling Maasai families. Recently, Fr. Arkado took three mothers with their children to Salien hospital in Arusha to take advantage of Project Smile’s offer of help. During their treatment and recovery they be cared for by Plaster House. Sara Rejman from Australia runs the Plaster House and usually has over a hundred children and their mothers in her care, waiting for or recovering from various kinds of medical procedures.
The three children that Arkado took from Olbalbal this week are, Loserian, an infant of less than a year with a hair lip and cleft palate. Loserian is to undergo his final operation to correct these conditions
Saruni, just a year old, has a club foot and wears a brace when he sleeps at night to straighten his feet. Arkado takes him to the hospital for progressive adjustment of his brace every couple of months. Saruni’s feet are just about straight now.
It is a great project and has helped a significant number of children here at Olbalbal and elsewhere.