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December 05, 2008

Violence in Kenya

Disputed Vote Plunges Kenya into Violence:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/12/30/world/20071231KENYA_3.html

Inner city violence does not just happen in our cities; it is a prominent issue around the world. On December 2008, Kenya elected its new president, Mwai Kibaki. Instead of receiving a warm welcome, the president was greeted with a severe, tribal bloodletting.

As you can see in the picture, the inhabitants of a small town named Kibera responded to the let down with violence, crime, and mayhem. The issue arose because Raila Odinga, “the people’s president”, was not elected president. Kenya, a once upon a time exemplary democracy has fallen under the corruption of the government and other people in power.

In this case, it was not a traumatic childhood nor extreme poverty that ignited the uproar, instead, poor political leadership and integrity led to disappointment and anger. The citizens of Kenya chose to act rather than speak against the government. These violent responses should not be justified, however, fear of potential political and financial failures due to corrupt leadership is by no means acceptable or tolerable either.

Posted by rubalcav at December 5, 2008 02:11 PM

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