Monday, January 28, 2008

Kenya Death Toll Continues to Rise

The death toll in Kenya continued to rise on Sunday as at least 20 more people were burned and hacked to death as members of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki’s Kikuyu tribe clashed with Luos, who are supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Machete-wielding mobs faced off in Kenya's Rift Valley on Monday and the death toll climbed to nearly 100 people in the latest bout of ethnic violence touched off by a disputed election.The tit-for-tat violence complicated the task of former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who has asked both sides to name teams to negotiate an end to the electoral crisis that has laid bare the tribal undercurrents of Kenya's politics.In the normally peaceful Rift Valley town of Nakuru

The violence since Kenya's December 27 election has taken on a momentum of its own, with cycles of killing and revenge between tribes who have never reconciled divisions left by colonial policy, and exacerbated by politicians.

This is sad to see unfold, as we know war never solves anything. I always say that America is so fortunate in the fact that political opposition does not garner killings and war. If you say you are a democrat to a republican you do not get your head chopped off.

for more on the horrendous happenings in Kenya check out...Swissinfo, NationalPost

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