29 December 2008

Interesting BBC Article

While the following is an interesting article, it is important to remember that the violence that took place in Kenya after last year's elections was not rampant and countrywide. I do not want to reduce the significance of the post-election events, rather I wish to point out that it is irresponsible of Western media to continue to only talk about how terrible the Kenyan elections were last year and only produce stories that are negative. There is still much that needs to be done to rectify what took place a year ago, but the country has moved forward over the past year. 

Orphaned by Kenya poll violence
By Juliet Njeri
BBC News, Nairobi

Kibera, a sprawling slum in the heart of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, was the scene of some of the worst violence after last year's disputed elections. Neighbours turned against each other because of ethnic and political rivalries and the police were accused of using brutal force to quash clashes and protests. But it was here that John Okello and Jane Ogolla, both ethnic Luos like then opposition leader Raila Odinga, sought refuge after they were orphaned during violence in other parts of the country. Fourteen-year-old John says he walked more than 62 miles (100km) to Nairobi from Naivasha after his parents were shot and killed. "I didn't know where I was going but luckily through God's grace I finally arrived in Nairobi," he says. "I don't remember how I walked but it was many days."