I hadn’t planned to post today but there are four things that I think are important for you to know.

First: Today is Eid, Eid Mubarak! Whether you are a Muslim or aren’t one, live in a Muslim country or don’t, wish your Muslim friends Eid Mubarak, the Muslim cashier at Target Eid Mubarak, the neighbor, coworker, fellow student, taxi driver, physician…Eid Mubarak.

Eid Mubarak

photo by Donald Fernandes, flickr

Second: A massive fire destroyed the international terminal of Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Wednesday this week. The images are awful and sad, mercifully no one was injured. This is an airport that our family has spent many an hour in. Everyone we know in Africa who travels has traveled through this airport, it seems like a connecting point, a stationary point in these transient lives. The fire will likely have significant impact on travel in the region.

Third: The US embassy in Djibouti was closed this week along with 19 other embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Africa. If you click through the slideshow in the link you’ll see Djibouti’s old and rather shamefully decrepit (compared to the others in the list) embassy.

Fourth: We’re fine. We’re happy Djiboutians are celebrating Eid. Our kids aren’t due to return to Kenya for another three weeks. We rarely go to the embassy anyway and have noticed nothing out of the ordinary.

That isn’t to say we’re safe. I have no idea if we are safe or not, who can know? As I write, we are all in good health and buoyant spirits. By the time I publish the post, our lives could be turned upside down.

We walk by faith not by sight.

shouting and celebrating on Eid

shouting and celebrating on Eid

Eid Mubarak!