The unrest seems to be escalating, and Kenyans are now literally ripping parts of their country apart, uprooting miles of railroad tracks, chopping down telephone poles, burning government offices and looting schools...
“This is how we express our outrage,” explained Evans Muremi, a social worker, who stacked tires to burn while wearing a jacket and tie.
This line from the accompanying photo essay is particularly haunting:
The town [Kisumu] is now almost completely ethnically cleansed of Kikuyus, and mobs armed with makeshift weapons erected burning roadblocks and searched for the few Kikuyu targets remaining.
The current chaos in Kenya was not triggered because of a failure of democracy; it was triggered by a selfish bunch of arrogant politicians who feel that they have the divine right to rule at any cost and thus trample all over our democracy. If democracy had been respected we would not be where we are now. Do NOT blame democracy for our troubles, blame those who are trying to trample it and thus follow in the footsteps of the lonely and frail man who lies in a hospital not far away from here.
Greed and political ambition ignite ethnic hatred. In Nairobi it seems to be about politics, while in the rural countryside it's about which tribe you are from. And I continue to grieve for my friends in Kenya, and for this incredibly diverse and beautiful country.