Sunday, January 13, 2008

UPDATE: Kenyan Election

The violence that started with the release of the Kenyan Election Results on December 30th has not stopped. The violence is a mix of those frustrated with the dubious results of the election (for instance, in one precinct, voter turnout was 115%), long simmering tribal tensions between a couple of the larger tribes in Kenya, as well as those joining in the fray just to loot. So far over 600 people have died and 250,000 have fled their homes. The Kenyan Government has responded by banning public rallies and banning media broadcasts. There has also been numerous reports of Kenyan police and security forces open firing, with live ammunition, on people demonstrating against the election results. The danger is that this can quickly spiral out of control and scar a generation, as has happened in Rwanda and the Balkans.

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