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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Canyon soccer on probation for breaking UIL rule Page 6 50 CENTS The Plaza bandstand 12 pages in one section April New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of AMANDA PETTY Vol 143 No 104 Inside Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Amanda Petty 9 Walter Sumn er Amy Chelsea Moore Ismael Gonzalez Ramon Castilleja Happy belated birthdays to Geneva Resales and Weslie Homer Hill Good afternoon Todays weather Mostly sunny and warmer high 80 low 53 Lotto Texas Wednesday nights winning numbers million jackpot TEXHSr LOTTERY Downtown to get a cleaning today Clean up day for Historic Downtown New Braunfels will be April 5 To make sure that the Downtown area puts onits best face for the Sesquicen tennial all merchants and prop erty owners are invited to take part in Weed Alert which will take place all day April 5 For information call Main Street at 6082100 Plaza Nites heads to town The Plaza will come alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday night in April begin ning April 6 with the Communi ty Band Tfie concerts run from 7 to 8 Bring lawn chairs and picnics Lenten community lunch The guest speaker for the final Lenten community lunch at First United Methodist Church will be Rev Charles DeHaveh of St Paul Lutheran Church on Friday April 7 from to This is an ecumenical ser vice sponsored by First Unit ed Methodist Church and will be held in Wesley Hall located on the Mill Street side of the church Soloist will be sopra no Cathy Talcott Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch and beverages will be provided by the church For information call 6254513 Adobe Cafe to help ACS Adobe Cafe has added its name to the list of sponsors for the 1995 American Cancer Society Starlight Gala and will donate a portion of all sales this weekend April 79 Barbecue supper The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 will have its annu al barbecue supper and coun try store April 7 at the Eagles Hall from 5 to 8 Tick ets are for adults and for children under 12 Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint SITTING ON A POWDER KEG Kathleen Tobin Kruegers letters home paint a chilling picture of life in Burundis world of contrasts By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and KATH LEEN KRUEGER Special to the HeraldZeitung Stark contrasts genteel embassy life and primitive native culture unspeakable violence and heroic generosity That was what Kathleen Krueger saw in Bujumbura Burundi Africa She and daughters Mariana and Sarah returned to New Braunfels last week from Bujumbura where they had lived with her husband Bob Krueger Ambassador to Burundi Ambassador Krueger has earned high praise for his work in Burundi from Presi dent Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher Kathleen Krueger said We found out this week that Nelson Mandela has publicly praised Ambassador she said Mandela called the strife between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples in Burundi and Rwanda apartheid within the same race Krueger said That strife has torn Rwanda apart Ambassador Krueger is working to keep it from destroying Burundi Kathleen Krueger wrote letters to her American friends during her stay in Burun di Those letters became an eloquent journal of her life as an ambassadors wife in an exotic culture and a journal of the grow ing tensions in a troubled nation The Krueger family savored the differ ences in Bujumbura They explored and exploited the positives in their new home Burundi is a mountainous and tropical country green and beautiful From the large white veranda at our residence we see past glorious flowers and travelers palms to Lake Tanganyika and the moun tains of Zaire in the are for tunate to have a swimming pool and a ten nis court at the residence and the girls are in heaven having the chance to swim every and Sarah are both students at the local French school in Bujumbura There are approximately 300 students there from 30 to 40 different countries It is so international and the instruction is entirely in French The girls have thrived there Marianas teacher commented that Mariana speaks French with no Beside the embassy luxuries and gor geous landscape the Burundians live in poverty Burundi is the second most dense ly populated country in Africa Krueger said Many of the families had ten chil she said Ninety percent of the pop ulation make their living by subsistence farming The average yearly income is about Because of the climate the farmers can provide fairly healthful and plentiful food for their families so hunger is not the prob lem in Burundi that it is in some African nations Krueger said Health care conditions in Bujumbura are appalling by American standards she said A trip to the local clinic underscored that the Kruegers were really a world away from home came down with step throat which briefly was thought to be either malaria or diphtheria I was cured by a local Russian Doctor He was actually quite good but the medical care here is generally nonexis tent I miss four things here my friends and family Mexican food North Star Mall and American The first time I visited the American sponsored medical clinic here to receive my malarial medicine I knew things would be quite different here in Central Africa It looked so primitive and unkempt The rest room in the clinic was complete with a diagram on the door to use the commode It was provided for the benefit of the many Burundians who were not familiar with indoor plumbing Krueger said I had to Kathleen Krueger got involved in helping the Burundian people as soon as she saw that her children were settling in well I knew I couldnt help the millions in Burun di so I decided to start with my own house she said None of the diplomatic spouses want to sit around drinking tea there is too much to be One of Kruegers letters ends with a handwritten post script Do you have any old clothes you dont need No matter how The experiences in Burundi ran the gamut from peaceful days shop ping in outdoor markets to nights spent listening to grenades and machine gun fire as civil war threatened to engulf the country Bob Krueger remains in Burundi as ambassador but Kathleen and the children had to leave due to concerns about the nations stability There is often a look of rage on the faces of particularly the Kathleen Krueger in a letter home tattered The missionaries distribute them regularly Also our household help with their many children flee into the woods at night when they re afraid Nights are chilly and often damp and the children get cold Their ages range from two to 20 Signs of political unrest were subtle at first Overpopulation is rampant and unem ployment as well so you see hordes of peo ple on the streets and sidewalks all day long Sometimes they the men can seem quite menacing There is often a look of rage on the faces of particularly the young Tutsi men who are in the minority and who see their history of dominance in the country fading with the democratically elected Hutu gov ernment This rage came to the surface just before Christmas and my letter wouldn t be an honest representation of life here without telling you about the bad experiences we ve just gone A riot started in downtown Bujumbura on Marianas last day of school before Christ mas Krueger said within one block of the school Krueger was terrified for her daugh ters safety but the director of the school advised her not to pick up Mariana early When Krueger did pick up her daughter however she used the bulletproof car the embassy had provided for the family That night 40 grenades went off in the city and you could hear constant machine gunfire Some of the grenades were so loud that Mariana eventually looked up at me and asked Mommy why are they having a war out there not sure how much I slept that night I know that Jennifer the familys babysitter was awake all night grieving for the innocent victims at the sound of each explosion It was four days before Refugees from Rwanda crossed con stantly into Burundi Missionaries tried to feed and house them As violence in Burun di escalated Burundians displaced from their homes joined Rwandans in their need for basic necessities Krueger and three other woemen set up a feeding program for refugees camped at a local monument They had no shelter or food and there hundreds of small children among them The first day we distributed 600 loaves of French bread blankets baby food pack ets of water and biscuits cookies pro vided by Christ Church in Hungary The next day we returned and addi tionally fed warm porridge to the chil we had been therefor three hours porridge covered my jeans and shoes because although we try to keep orderly lines the crush and desperation of the peo ple make for pushing and shoving at times After finishing serving porridge that morning I was 30 minutes later sitting down to an elegant lunch at the home of Bobs secretary If any particular aspect of life here has made an impression its the utter contrast of my experiences From driving into villages by way of rutted dirt roads to hosting formal dinners at our res idence for Burundi government officials White House and State Department dele gations and others One goes from feast to famine Missionaries working in Burundi make a huge impact on the lives of Burundians Krueger said Mr and Mrs Hansen Danish missionaries live near the Rwandan border in a house that has electricity for only two hours each night In their 60s they have helped the Burundian people on and off for 30 years Mr Hansen speaks nine languages she said Their house now serves as an official transit point for Rwandan refugees enter ing the country The Hansens certainly are a shining example of the missionaries whom I call quiet heroes throughout Africa By the end of March violence had esca lated to a point where families of diplo mats were sent home The last ten days have been some of the most violent since we arrived The recent nightmare began with the killing of a Bel gian woman her fouryearold child and a male friend as Avo families returned from a picnic in the mountains They were caught up in an ambush meant for the military which Hutu rebels staged just outside of town Although the Belgians seemed not to be specifically tar geted in the attack they were gruesomely murdered at close range So the assailants knew they were killing European civilians when they did it Under standably this made the capitals of Brussels Paris and Washington extremely nervous about the safety of their citizens Krueger wrote in earlier more peaceful times of the blessings of life in Burundi have come to love it here Now that I have weaned myself from the external lux uries of home such as malls movie the atres wellstocked grocery stores smooth streets and amusement parks the simplicity of life here very appealing There is no hatetalk radio here no social climb ing no trivial pursuits of any kind Basic human needs and relationships are what are important and the maintenance of both becomes apriority for everyone Kathleen Krueger left Burundi reluc tantly I dont want Africa to be my past I want it to be my now the children and I need to go and we will leave Bob behind to hash out an increasingly com plex and volatile political situation And the Western Ambassadors serving with him are some of the most astute and talented men Ive seen This is not as Bob has often said a white gloves and chandeliers assignment but a diplomatic post which requires the most deft of negotiators and which when the diplomacy is successful is a post where thousands of lives can be saved No position that Bob has ever held has been more mean ingful or HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALJ Walnut Street accident At about yesterday Conan Kerlick 23 suffered a seizure while driving down South Walnut Street according to police reports He lost control of his truck and struck a telephone pole at the corner of Walnut and Stonewall Avenue Kerlick suffered injuries to his mouth and nose and was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital Trail ride will capture the spirit of the citys Sesquicentennial Riders leave coast Sunday By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Little did the first settlers of New Braunfels know in 1845 that 150 years later the trip from the Gulf Coast to New Braunfels could be made in one afternoons time Sunday some ancestors of those people and others interest ed in the history will make the journey once again in many ways just as the first pioneers did The Sesquicentennial Trail Ride leaves what once was the port town of Indianola Sunday on the first leg of a sixday 159mile trip that will bring them to New Braunfels The ride represents in some way what the first settlers experienced albeit with a few modem exceptions Col Easy Hall was one of the first men to organize this kind of reunion or reenactment back in 1970 when the city celebrated its 125th birthday He and others of the Sheriffs Posse thought of doing something of the sort This trip marks the sixth ride for some of them this one being the largest and most anticipated to date Unlike the orig inal pioneers who had about 19 wagons mostly pulled by oxen these modernday settlers will use about 10 wagons with about 70 riders along the way Both horses and wagons will carry a lot of the said Col Hall who added after 25 years this will be his last trip Monroe Henk all 82 years of him will drive the lead wagon that was restored by Dr Werner Kiesling Henk also has par ticipated in the previous trail rides and says despite the modern conveniences such as cars and motor homes the ride can still be tiring Some of those people after riding a day want to give you their he laughed Henks mother made the trip in the late 1800s when she was only two years old and it still took two months even after set tlements had been established Dr Kiesling added that settlers traveled only three to four miles a day on the original trip and many died along the way The riders will travel from a site near Indianola to Placedo Sunday to Nursery Monday night along Hwy 87 to Cuero Tuesday then up Hwy 183 to Gonzales Wednesday cross the Guadalupe to Seguin on Thursday and then on to New Braun fels Friday when they will cross the Guadalupe River again at Along the way dedication ceremonies will be held starting jn Indianola Sunday Victoria Monday Cuero Tuesday night Independence Park in Gonzales Wednesday night and includ ing a morning parade Thursday in Seguin The longest stretches of the trip will be from Cuero to Gonzales 34 miles and Gonzales to near Seguin 3 5 When settlers first crossed the river in 1845 they camped on the banks near what is now the downtown area and celebrated Good Friday Next Friday after the wagon train crosses the riv er a special ceremony will be held at 4 at the Civic Center with various dedications and speeches Call 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