I was going through viewing conversations in twitter and the news of massacre of our KDF soldiers was still fresh in our minds. I came across a section of Kenyans complaining that yet another time the country has lost very young men in this mission of flushing out Alshabab from the region. They even went ahead and dared the president to take lead and have his son recruited in the force.
But then it was now clear that there are those Kenyans who felt that age should really matter when it comes to recruiting our men and women into the force and what’s more where vulnerable missions are concerned. On a clear note anybody’s life is important irrespective of age because if it’s under our control, we would definitely already have death chased from our midst. The soldiers in Somalia are in service for the sake of the entire country’s security.
May be those expressing what they think is best are out of the hot soup. So imagine a situation where your son calls and breaks the news of being posted in Somalia. Would you tell him to reject the offer on grounds that it was possible he will die young for being part of a sure death mission? It is true lives may have been lost in the hands of these militants but this should not be a discouragement to the fighting soldiers. But let’s look at it this way, so many people(the young and the old) lose their lives day in day out may it be accidents, sickness just to mention a few.
But then life is a sensitive issue to really come up with what may be better to happen to whom. Then something else, as human beings we tend to question things happening in our midst maybe due to fear or a feeling that it was not yet time.