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NURSES WALKING IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH TO SAVE LIVES

The history of nursing dates back to 1859 by the pioneer nurse Florence Nightingale. Nursing has a body of knowledge and ethics that require nurses to use clinical judgment in provision of care to enable people to resume to activities of daily living.
In 2007 Kenya went into flames of violence that saw the worst kind of hatred people had for each other. After watching the television for two days seeing the wounded and so many deaths, I decided to walk into the valley of death and salvage my own countrymen. Not by the gun or sword, but by the nursing care that I had taken an oath.
Unknown to many Kenyans there were women (nurses and midwives) of resilience somewhere in the health facilities giving care in the oblivion of the danger they faced while on duty, and today this is why web 2.0 is the bomb! Telling my story the way it is, thanks to Pulse Wire. I was one of the nurses who walked into the valley of death throughout the violence to give care regardless of the police or army protection. I vividly remember walking from my home in Kibera (largest slum in Kenya) to the health facility 2km away for 1 week. I met 5 other nurses (female) who had also left their loved ones to attend to fellow countrymen because there was a need. On reaching the wards, I found helpless patients who had been waiting at the mercy of God and to those who could manage to walk had escaped. No security personnel was allocated to us during all this time of duty, and I used to walk to and from the hospital with the resilience and peace of mind that our country is beautiful and Kenyans are a hardworking people, fighting was not a means to an end. I later learnt on that nurses from other parts of the country had been working too. This story was untold! Little has been done to also follow up on the psychosocial impact of health providers who served the wounded that time. We are also human and need care too!
However my story was highlighted later on in a (Calgary)Canadian Newspaper 2008 by a journalist who made me thinking afterwards that I needed to speak for myself and to inform people the encounters that I have gone through with other women(nurses) to save lives of people regardless of their tribe, race, or status. The Pulse wire came into my life after my partner introduced me to the peace and conflict resolution website and while there I stumbled on this site which has been my second lover. I feel so honored here today to give meaning to a profession that the public do not fully understand, especially in my own country. The web 2.0 has opened doors that no one can shut for me.

Comments

MaDube's picture

Kudos to you!

You did a wonderful job and I am proud of your work. I am glad you made the choice to speak for yourself and you are so right that in speaking for yourself we know exactly what you went through. It is true that often people do not consider the psycho-social impact of conflict on caregivers during trying times after the fact, yet it must be a priority to enable caregivers to continue with their work. I suppose the assumption is always that your jobs are like that anyway where you see the wounded and heal them but the trauma of dealing with such enormous numbers of the injured and living in fear of persecution for doing your work and the uncertainty of your safety and security should be enough to warrant attention to your needs as well. I pray someone hears your voice and that your needs are addressed. In fact I pray that a mechanism is put in place for debriefing sessions regularly, conflict or no conflict.

Amazing story.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Am humbled ,thank you

Hello,
Madube ,Thank you sister this is from the deepest of my heart.You are a great woman too.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Hello

Thank you Sister,
I am going to speak through out from now.Things that I feared to say for reasons of victimization.I will say them throught pulse wire because this are the people who count.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

MaDube's picture

That's the spirit

That is what the Pulse is all about so welcome home. Look forward to reading more from you.

usha kc's picture

Yup,, proud of you !!!keep

Yup,, proud of you !!!keep it up!!

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Hello Usha

Dear Sister,
Great to hear from you always.I agree
Live and let live!

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Hummingbird's picture

such a great spirit

I can't imagine how you walked a long distance in a dangerous and remote area to reach your patients. You have a heart of gold and a strength of tiger. I was happy to read your story, at many times I need someone to remind me of the goodness in humanity.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.

Hummingbird

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Goodevening Nisan

Hello,
I also was surprised ,where the energy and bravery came from .As said women endure more difficult things starting from the time of delivery and all that.Thank you my dear.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

krita's picture

I am simply spellbound by

I am simply spellbound by what I have just read, The things you have done requires something more than just knowledge or skill. You are a person with positive attitude and a leader in real sense. Nothing is impossible if we have a bit more courage and a bit less selfishness. :)

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you

Dearest Krita,
I am in total agreement what women can do.When given the chance peace will prevail in the world.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

fem4femmes's picture

Self-care...

is so critical and so badly neglected by caretakers!! - Especially women engaged in the caretaking of others!! Thank you, thank you for all that you do for the women and people of Kenya and for sharing your story!!

Please do take some time today and all days to honor yourself and care for yourself, that your power and energy can be protected!!

Much rest and happiness to you today!!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you Marissa

Hello,
Am uplifted with your kindness and thoughts on this for sure I will rest.Great to hear from you.Where is your article that I can also read.I mean I didnt see it or missed it in the post.
Good day

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

fem4femmes's picture

Sharing...

Lucia-

I would love to share my own story with you! Here is the link:

http://worldpulse.com/node/44288 ... and I sent you a private message as well!

Peace!!

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

cmphung's picture

Compassion

What an incredible story of inner strength and compassion. I am touched by how self-less you were to put your own needs and life aside to help your fellow countrymen. It the midst of the hatred in a conflict situation, you chose to instead show love and compassion.

I am truly touched by you.

Charlene

Charlene Phung MPH

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