N.B.: Please know before you watch
these pictures that they reflect the 100% truth in some of the
areas in Kenya, where horrible situations evolved after the havoc
created by unwise politicians and their easily influenced
entourage over a longer time than just this post-election period,
but that the combined picture of all these quiet expressive and
explicit photos or videos (rating: over 18 years), does not
reflect the general situation in the whole of Kenya. It is luckily
still so that around 80 % of the country is not, repeat NOT,
seriously affected by the disaster and destruction you see in
these pictures. Most areas in Kenya are still intact and extremely
beautiful, though the minds and the daily life of all Kenyans are
seriously affected by what happened. Thereby these pictures also
should serve as a warning not to let any further expansion of the
mayhem and destruction happen. Everyone can and must be part of
making that difference!
Facts of the post-election violence
Short chronology of
Presidential Election Disaster
and Civil Strife in Kenya
Documentation of the developments
Thousands of people have fled
their homes because of the violence and need food aid.
In the Mathare slum of Nairobi more
than a thousand desperate people try to get food aid (flour) from
the Red Cross. Chaos caused the food distribution to be called off
and even the intervention from Kenyan paramilitary police couldn't
calm the situation. Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
Kenyans scramble for food as the
Kenyan Red Cross distribute supplies in the Mathare slum, in
Nairobi on Sunday (13.01.2008). Photo: AP
A Boy in Nairobi
slum was a centre of police operations
The boy screams as a police officer
approaches his home Thursday (17.01.2008) in the Kibera slum.
Photograph by : Getty Images
An Odinga supporter sent the BBC a
copy of a ballot paper alleging an extra "0" was added by Kibaki
supporters to inflate his vote from 79 to 790 (SOURCE)
A protester expresses his
unhappiness with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki at a rally.
A wave of violence in Kenya, sparked by the disputed presidential
election results, has continued into a third day.
Protesters who dispute the results of
elections last week clashed with the police on Thursday in Kibera, a
slum in Nairobi. (Christophe Calais for The New York Times)
A Kenyan man demonstrates in the Kibera
slums in Nairobi. At least 1000 people killed in severe post-election
violence, amid allegations that the incumbent president manipulated
the December elections.
An estimated 550 people have died in the
unrest following the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki on Sunday
in a poll that opponents say was rigged.
A burning church in Eldoret
In the west of the country, at least 30 people including many
children were burned to death when an angry mob set light to a
church in Eldoret.
On Tuesday a mob torched a church in
Eldoret killing about 30 villagers inside, many of them children.
A woman cries in front of the burned
remains of the church. PHOTO: REUTERS
Grace Gihutwa survived the massacre
at Kiambaa but lost her three-year-old daughter when the church they
were in was set on fire. Photo: Thilo Thielke / DER SPIEGEL
Many of those seeking shelter from the violence on the streets were
from President Mwai Kibaki's tribe - the Kikuyu.
Kenyans tried to put out fires during
another day of intense violence. It has been a week since Kenyans
went to the polls, and the dispute over whether President Mwai
Kibaki honestly won the most votes continues to destabilize the
nation. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein for The New York Times
The Kenyan Red Cross has warned that on top of the wanton killings
and violence a humanitarian crisis is looming after tens of
thousands of people fled their homes.
Meanwhile, in the capital, Nairobi, intense diplomatic and political
negotiations are taking place to try to find a solution to the
dispute, as ordinary people try to continue their lives.
After police used not only teargas,
but also is held responsible for many death among the killed victims
of violence, because the used the lethal force of live bullets from
their G3 and AK47 automatic assault rifles, the tensions remain high
in the aftermath of post-election violence in Kenya, in which as
many as 1000 people have died.
Police officials defended the heavy
use of force and said that mobs carrying gasoline had been sighted
in Nairobi's business hub on Wednesday. On Thursday (17.01.2008) a
man was surrounded by riot police in the city. Photo: Uriel
Although there were fewer reports of
disturbances on Wednesday, looting by armed mobs and reprisal
A Kenyan woman held a Bible as she
prayed for peace in front of riot police during the riots. Photo:
Karel Prinsloo/Associated Press
The woman prayed for peace amid the
A riot policeman "helps" a victim of
violence. The two sides in the dispute have traded accusations of
ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Eighty-year-old Thabita held her cat,
the only possession she was able to save from a fire in Mathare,
where she lived. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse - Getty
In the capital Nairobi, people walk
through a burned-out area of the Kibera slum, which was razed to the
ground after days of rioting.
Wasteland: residents return to their
shops and homes in Nairobi's Kibera slum to find them razed to the
Many shops and offices had remained
closed in the city centre and Nairobi was a ghost-town during the
People travel by foot as transport
remains limited in Nairobi, after police set up barricades on major
routes and halted traffic.
Police also used tear gas and water
cannon to try to disperse them long before they reached Uhuru Park.
Kenyans protesting against the
declaration of President Kibaki as the winner of the December 27
poll are engulfed in teargas on Thursday as police block them from
accessing Uhuru Park, the venue of a planned ODM rally in Nairobi.
Kenyan police have used tear gas and
water cannon to try to prevent a mass protest against the result of
last week's election.
Supporters of Kenyan presidential
candidate Raila Odinga tried to converge on the centre of Nairobi
for a rally which the authorities have banned.
But Kenyan police fired live rounds
over the heads of Odinga supporters trying to leave Kibera slum in
order to take part.
Kenyans have been clearing up after
post-election violence in which more than 500 people died.
There was widespread destruction as
opposition supporters accused President Mwai Kibaki of rigging the
As the violence subsides, local
people have been trying to salvage what they can from the ruins.
Even churches have not been spared in
Some of the worst violence was in
western Kenya, where tens of thousands have been forced to flee
their homes. Homesteads destroyed by fire could be seen
outside the town of Burnt Forest, near Eldoret, Kenya. The country's
opposition party called for new elections after weeks of spiraling
violence, which has displaced thousands of people. (Riccardo Gangale/associated
Soldiers help clear Nakuru-Eldoret
highway that had been blocked to give room for a convoy of cars
carrying displaced persons from Eldoret, on Saturday. Picture:
At least half a million people have
been displaced by the violence throughout the country.
With many shops still closed, people
are buying food by the roadside.
Nellie Chepchumba, 13, left, looks at
the remains of her school, which was burned down in post-election
violence near Burnt Forest in Kenya on Jan. 15. The children of the
village now have no school to attend. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP
Total police, paramilitary and
military mobilization squashed the mass opposition rallies so far.