Tulsa doctor plans to aid Kenyans

Monday, January 21st 2008, 7:34 pm
By: News 9

By Terry Hood, KOTV

A box full of medical supplies sits in a Tulsa doctor's office. Dr. Mitch Duininck was ready to take it to Kenya, then on to Sudan.

The violence in Kenya continued Monday, the day after several people were beaten and killed. The violence has escalated since the recent election.

Dr. Duinick travels the world, tending to the desperate living in conflict areas. His latest effort was to join a Bartlesville based group and help the people in the Darfur region of Sudan. A country where it's estimated 200,000 people have died since a 2003 rebellion.

"In these kind of situations there's chronic nutritional problems," said Dr. Duininck. "There's a lot of infectious disease, respiratory infections, skin infections."

Dr. Duinick's team had made it to neighboring Kenya but because of the political unrest in that country, they couldn't get jet fuel.

Adam Kuert is very familiar with Kenya. The 25-year-old was born in Nairobi and his parents still live there as missionaries. They share a secured compound with eight other families.

Kuert said the losing party's claim that the election was rigged, has his backers looking for revenge.

"So everytime the opposition says, 'we're going to have a rally', his followers take that to mean we're going to riot and we're going to burn some homes," Kuert said.

Still Kuert said he loves the country and still considers it home.

Dr. Duininck said the violence won't keep him from his mission.

You can learn more about Dr. Duininck's organization called In His Image, by going to his website, www.inhisimage.org

He said they're always in need of medical supplies or donations to help the cause.