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Soren Ambrose Memorial

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Our beloved Christopher Soren Ambrose, 57, died in the early hours of Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya while undergoing treatment.

Soren is survived by his loving parents, Larry and Karen Ambrose of Chicago, Illinois (USA), who are heart-broken by the loss of their only child. He is also survived by his devoted wife, Njoki Njoroge Njehu of Nairobi. Soren’s love for Njoki was evident to all who knew him – he always spoke of her with fondness and obvious admiration.  He will be missed by hordes of family members, friends, and colleagues around the world. Soren had an enduring love for family and a strong connection with young children – his nieces and nephews adored him and are bereft by his death.

Soren bravely and defiantly battled colon cancer since August 2017. He is remembered by family, friends, and colleagues for his dry wit and sharp sense of humor which often had his wife begging people not to encourage him by laughing.

Soren was a lifelong activist, with an early start in the effort to save the seals with Greenpeace and protesting Norway’s whaling practices in the 1970s; he accompanied his dad, uncle, and grandfather who had gone to welcome the King of Norway to Chicago. They lost Soren for a while because he had wandered off across the road to join the protestors. His first trip to Africa was to Nigeria where he was hosted by environmental activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. The plight of the Ogoni people and learning about Structural Adjustment Programs outraged him and changed the course of his life. He made the decision to leave the academy and abandoned his PHD dissertation in English to become an activist with the Chicago 50 Years is Enough Campaign. This momentous decision led to him and Njoki meeting in Washington, DC at a Steering Committee of the 50 Years Is Enough Campaign in January 1996.

Soren’s activism saw him work for many great organizations, on life defining issues, and took him to over 50 countries. He may have started his life in the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey (USA), but he finished as a true global citizen – even though Kenya denied him his constitutional right to citizenship by his marriage of 24 Years and 5 days.

His biting humor cleverly and easily obscured a sharp analytical mind, a tender, sensitive, caring guy whose deep and enduring commitment to the struggles for justice, peace, and dignity was unwavering. He was easily outraged by injustice and had a strong sense of solidarity with those suffering unjustly. He would be quite embarrassed by the outpouring of affection and loving tributes from so many people from throughout his life. Soren was generous with his time, freely giving of his many skills, and set high standards for himself – expecting perfection in everything he did, but being forgiving of others.

After his marriage to Njoki, Soren gained a large extended Kenyan family and was often irked by the many shared names, as well as multiple names used to refer to the same person. This from the same guy who was known as Chris until he was 11 before switching to Soren, huh? The irony of his complaint was not lost on him.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00AM on Friday, December 11, 2020 at the Njehu Family Farm in Rukubi village (Maina Road), Kabete Constituency, Kiambu County. Family and friends are meeting daily at his Kileleshwa home and at the Njehu Family home in Rukubi Village.

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