Whilst on the Kilimanjaro Peace Climb in 2011 we were privileged to be present at the Maasai village of Naiyobi during the birth of a little baby girl. We watched our guide, a Maasai warrior named Sakimba (meaning Peace), climb onto the roof of the mud hut where the baby was, to deliver the traditional 'welcome-to-the-Earth' blessing. The chief, Sayanga, named the little girl Leleti (meaning Light of Peace) because of our presence there during our work for peace.
A few days later, half way up Kili, news came through on the satellite phone that my grandson, Bodhi, had been born in England. I asked Sakimba if he would afford the same blessing for my new grandson. I was honoured that he climbed the nearest peak, waved his shuka warrior cloak and delivered the blessing.
A couple of years on, chief Sayanga's dying wish was that his cherished warrior stick be given to Bodhi. The warrior stick, usually held by a male, is traditionally a 'talking stick' and a sign of strength. It is sometimes given to other tribes as a peace offering. It is a great honour that Bodhi has received this as a symbol of peace between the Maasai nation and western nations.
Bodhi, now aged 5, along with his girlfriend Flo also born at the same time, takes this all very seriously. On Earth Healing day this year he led a climb up to a Devon cliff-top proclaiming "I'm a Peace Warrior!"
"I'm a Peace Warrior!"