Mwisho wa Dunia … Ondoa Shaka!
Mayan apocalypse: End of the world, or a new beginning?
By Jane Little
BBC News, Washington
One in 10 of us is said to be anxious that 21 December marks the end of the world. The Ancient Mayans predicted this doomsday, and the press is eating it up. But where are all the believers?
That the world will end in 2012 is the most widely-disseminated doomsday tale in human history, thanks to the internet, Hollywood and an ever-eager press corps.
Recent hurricanes, unrest in the Middle East, solar flares, mystery planets about to collide with us – all “proof” of what the ancient Mayans knew would come to pass on 21 December 2012.
According to a Reuters global poll, one in 10 of us is feeling some anxiety about this date.
Russians have been so worried that the Minister of Emergency Situations issued a denial that the world would end.
Authorities in the village of Bugarach in the South of France have barred access to a mountain where some believe a UFO will rescue them.
And survivalists in America – many of whom use the term “prepper” – have been busy preparing for all manner of cataclysm.
KWA UFUPI: SIKU HII ITAPITA KAMA ZINAVYOPITA SIKU NYINGINE. HAKUTAKUWA NA MWISHO WA DUNIA WALA NINI. WATU WAENDELEE NA SHUGHULI ZAO KAMA KAWAIDA. TUONDOE HOFU NA TUPUUZE HABARI KAMA HIZI. TUSIACHE KUCHAPA KAZI NA KUTOA HUDUMA KWA WENZETU.