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Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

I had joined my fellow members of ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena Peace Campaign’ and several partners in marking the ‘International Day of Peace’ on the 21st September, 2013 when news of the attack at the Westgate Mall came in. We had decided to mark the day by holding a cleanup exercise in Kibos market – a centre considered as a violence hotspot in the area. It was announced over the radio that there had been an exp ...

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Peace on a knife edge as Kenyans hold their breath waiting for the election result to be decided in court

Last week Kenyans went to the polls in huge numbers to vote for the first time under a new constitution which was itself voted for by Kenyans in a referendum in 2010 following the devastating election of 2007 which resulted in up to 1500 dead and 250,000 displaced people, many of whom have not returned home and are being permanently settled in other parts of the country. The election itself was largely cont ...

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Kenya: No More Stone Throwing

Youths in Kisumu recently took a vow never to use stone throwing as a way of airing their grievances. The peace initiative dubbed ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena’ peace campaign which translates to ‘I shall never throw stones again’ was held in the lakeside town of Kisumu about 334km north west of Nairobi in Kenya that has witnessed a lot of violence in the recent past. This campaign was meant to redeem the town from ...

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Kenya – No Trees in The Forest

A landmark study of Kenya’s high-elevation forests shows that the economic cost of deforestation in the East African country exceeds national gains from forestry and logging by more than four-to-one, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported. “Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1 ...

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Deteriorating violence in Kenya as elections approach

The Kenyan spokesperson of the international organisation, World without Wars and Violence, reports from his home town, Kisumu, on the shores of Lake Victoria where residents were this week shocked by the horrific murder of a candidate for the upcoming General Election... The recent spate of violence witnessed throughout the country has raised more concerns about the preparedness of both the government and ...

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Kenya – deadly clashes between nomads and settlers

Tribesmen continue to attack villages in Kenya’s southeast, torching homes and sparking clashes that have to date killed many people in tit-for-tat ethnic violent fights. These are vendettas between the Pokomo farming community and their Orma pastoralist neighbours, which left 52 dead in this past August, Kenya's worst tribal killings in years. "Sixteen men, nine police officers, eight children and five wom ...

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Condemnation of Kenyan military killings in Somalia

KENYAN SOLDIER OPENS FIRE ON CIVILIANS KILLING 6 AND INJURING 2 A Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldier has been accused of deliberately killing 6 civilians at a village 50km North West of Al-Shabaab’s stronghold port city of Kismayo. The incident happened on Sunday the 23rd of September in the southern part of Somalia.  Al-Shabab is the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, formally reco ...

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