Historical injustices threaten another violent Kenya vote
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans again face the threat of violence as the highly competitive Aug. 8 presidential election approaches. Many who survived the deadliest period in the East African country’s history 10 years ago say they still haven’t found justice.
Experts have warned that the government’s failure to address old wounds risks passing them along for generations with the potential for cycles of violence.
The U.S.-based group Physicians for Human Rights is assisting some Kenyan victims of the post-election sexual violence in 2007 seek to hold officials accountable. More than 1,000 people died and 600,000 were evicted from their homes in 2007 after what international observers called a flawed presidential election.
This year’s election has narrowed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and top opposition challenger Raila Odinga.