With the outbreak of coronavirus, flights in or out of the country are currently prohibited, which makes it extremely difficult to fly his body in.
The family remains unsure of whether they will be able to transport their son’s remains as cargo and even if they do, the rigorous processes involved in final sendoffs of the Nyanza people may also pose another challenge.
“What we are sure of, is that we cannot travel due to the ban on international flights. We are trying to exhaust all options to see what will work. We are reaching out to the embassy to see the options they will provide. He was with us since December 25 and returned to the States mid-January. We had no idea that was the last time we would see our son alive,” his parents emotionally narrate.
Peter had taken ill within a week and was admitted, but the few relatives with him in the States could not be allowed to visit him due to the distancing directive to prevent the spread of the virus.
His parents, Bishop Elisha Juma and Reverend Mary Juma of Kenya Assemblies of God, also say that communication with authorities has proven another major obstacle due to time difference.
Upon receiving the news that his son had tested positive for COVID-19 and hospitalized for treatment, Bishop Elisha was admitted at a Mombasa hospital.
The 35-year-old had been an American resident for about four years and was working as a bus driver in New York.