New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituitg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Amanda Patty (9 years), Walter Sumner, Amy Chelsea Moore, Ismael Gonzalez Jr., Ramon Castilleja. Happy belated birthdays to Geneva Rosales and Weslle Homer Hill.
Mostly sunny and warmer, high 80, low 53.
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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 on its best face for the Sesquicentennial, all merchants and property owners are invited to take part in Weed Alert, which will take place all day April 5. For information, call Main Street at 608-2100.
Plaza Nitos heads to town
The Plaza will come alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday night in April, beginning April 6 with the Community Band. The concerts run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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 DeHaven of St. Paul Lutheran Church, on Friday, April -7, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
This is an ecumenical service sponsored by First United Methodist Church, and will be held in Wesley Hall, located on the Mill Street side of the church. Soloist will be soprano Cathy Talcott.
Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch, and beverages will be provided by the church. For information, call 625-4513.
Adobo Colo 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 7-9.
The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 will have its annual barbecue supper and country store April 7 at the Eagles Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member.
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Kathleen Tobin Krueger’s letters home paint a chilling picture of life in Burundi’s world of contrasts
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and KATHLEEN KRUEGER
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
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, U.S. Ambassador to Burundi.
Ambassador Krueger has earned high praise for his work in Burundi from President Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Kathleen Krueger said. “We found out this week that Nelson Mandela has publicly praised Ambassador Krueger,” 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 tom Rwanda apart. Ambassador Krueger is working to keep it from destroying Burundi.
Kathleen Krueger wrote letters to her American friends during her stay in Burundi. Those letters became an eloquent journal of her life as an ambassador’s wife in an exotic culture — and a journal of the growing tensions in a troubled nation.
The Krueger family savored the differences 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 traveler’s palms to Lake Tanganyika and the mountains of Zaire in the distance... We are fortunate to have a swimming pool and a tennis court at the residence and the girls are in heaven having the chance to swim every day...
"[Mariana 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. Mariana’s teacher commented that Mariana speaks French ‘with no accent.
Beside the embassy luxuries and gorgeous landscape the Burundians live in poverty. Burundi is the second most densely populated country in Africa, Krueger said. “Many of the families had ten children,” she said. “Ninety percent of the population make their living by subsistence farming. The average yearly income is about $200.”
Because of the climate, the farmers can provide hurly healthful and plentiful food for their families, so hunger is not the problem 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.
7 came down with step throat, which briefly was thought to be either malaria or diphtheria. / was cured by a local Russian Doctor. He was actually quite good, but the medical care here is generally nonexistent. I miss four things here: my friends and family, Mexican food, North Star Mall and American Doctors...
"The first time / 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, really."
The rest room in the clinic was complete with a diagram on the door showing how 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 laugh.”
Kathleen Krueger got involved in helping the Burundian people as soon as she saw that her children were settling in well. “I knew I couldn’t help the millions in Burundi so I decided to start with my own household,” she said.
"None of the diplomatic spouses want to sit around drinking tea; there is too much to be done."
One of Krueger’s letters ends with a hand-written post script. "Do you have any old clothes you don 7 need? (No matter how
The Kruegers* experiences in Burundi ran the gamut from peaceful days shopping 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 U.S. ambassador, but Kathleen and the children had to leave due to concerns about the nation's stability.
‘There is often a look of rage on the faces of particularly the young.’
— 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.
"Over population is rampant and unemployment as well, so you see hordes of people 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 government.
"This rage came to the surface just before Christmas and my letter wouldn 7 be an honest representation of life here without telling you about the bad experiences we Vt? just gone through."
A riot started in downtown Bujumbura on Mariana’s last day of school before Christ-mas, Krueger said, within one block of the school. Krueger was terrified for her daughter’s 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 bullet-proof car the embassy had provided for the family.
”That night 40 grenades went off in the city and you could hear constant machine gun fire. 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? '...I’m not sure how much I slept that night. I know that Jennifer (the family’s baby-sitter) was awake all night, grieving for the innocent victims at the sound of each explosion. It was four days before Christmas. ”
Refugees from Rwanda crossed constantly into Burundi. Missionaries toed to feed and house them. As violence in Burundi 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 were hundreds of small children among them. The first day we distributed 600 loaves of French bread, blankets, baby food, packets of water and ‘biscuits ’ (cookies) provided by Christ Church in Hungary.
"The next day we returned and additionally fed warm porridge to the children... After we had been there for three hours porridge covered my jeans and shoes because, although we try to keep orderly lines, the crush and desperation of the people make for pushing and shoving at times.
"After finishing serving porridge that morning, / was 30 minutes later sitting down to an elegant lunch at the home of
Bob’s secretary, lf any particular aspect of life here has made an impression, it ’s the utter contrast of my experiences. From driving into villages by way of rutted, dirt roads to hosting formal dinners at our residence for Burundi government officials, White House and State Department delegations and others. One goes from feast to famine literally."
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 entering 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 escalated to a point where families of diplomats 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 Belgian woman, her four-year-old child and a male friend as two 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 targeted in the attack, they were gruesomely murdered at close range.
"So, the assailants knew they were killing European civilians when they did it. Understandably, 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.
"I have come to love it here. Now that I have weaned myself from the external luxuries of home such as malls, movie theatres, well-stocked grocery stores, smooth streets and amusement parks, I find the simplicity of life here very appealing There is no hate-talk radio here, no social climbing, no trivial pursuits of any kind. Basic human needs and relationships are what are important and the maintenance of both becomes a priority for everyone. "
Kathleen Krueger lefi Burundi reluctantly.
"I don 7 want Africa to be my past. I want it to be my present. . .But, now, the children and / need to go and we will leave Bob behind to hash out an increasingly complex 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 saHsfying."
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DAR NAULWalnut Street accident
At about 8:30 a.m. 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 nill capture the spirit of the city's SesquicentennialRiders leave coast Sunday
By CRAIG HAMMETT
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 afternoon’s time.
Sunday, some ancestors of those people and others interested 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 six-day, 159-mile 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. H.E. “Easy” Hall (Ret.) 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 original pioneers who had about 19 wagons mostly pulled by oxen, these modem-day “settlers” will use about IO wagons with about 70 riders along the way.
“Both horses and wagons will carry a lot of the riders.” 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. Wemer Kiesling. Henk also has participated in the previous trail rides and says despite the modem conveniences such as cars and motor homes, the nde can still be tiring.
“Some of those people after riding a day want to give you their horse,” he laughed.
Henk’s mother made the trip in the late 1800’s when she was only two years old and it still took two months, even after settlements 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 Braunfels Friday when they will cross the Guadalupe River again at 3:30 p.m.
Along the way, dedication ceremonies will be held starting jn Indianola Sunday, Victoria Monday, Cuero Tuesday night, Independence Park in Gonzales Wednesday night, and including a morning parade Thursday 9:30 a.m. in Seguin. The longest stretches of the trip will be from Cuero to Gonzales (34 miles) and Gonzales to near Seguin (35 miles).
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 river, a special ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center with various dedications and speeches.Call 625-9144 for information about subscriptions to the Herald-Zeitung