Facts of the post-election violence

 

Facts of the post-election violence are (30th Dec. 2007 until 12. March 2008):

  • More than 1327 people killed due to the violence (our estimate based on continuous recordings) - many by armed government forces with shoot-to-kill orders and ethnic killings with crude weapons, Official police count: 526 killed (police only admited so far 90 killings caused by security forces); official government count 923. Inofficial police statement on 25. Feb. 2008 (given by an unnamed Senior Police Commander to AFP): 1,500. Most media count over 1000 killings. UN estimate: 921 killings; Red Cross estimate: More than 1000. Opposition estimate: More than 1,500. Overall 57% were killed by crude weapons or burns and 43% by bullets. However, in Western Province 91% were killed by bullets. Mortuaries are overfilled everywhere. Bodies dumped in forests. Government banned mass graves for uncollected bodies. Numerous people abducted by "police" still not found.
  • More than 550 private motor vehicles and more than 280 Public Service vehicles burned
  • More than 1,850 women and girls raped and many forcefully circumcised (also many men and boys are circumcised by force). Though the turmoil calmed down more than 165 underaged children even young as only 2 years of age are at present defiled per month, says official police report. And these are only the reported cases.
  • More than 5,685 houses, shops and increasing number of schools, public buildings and churches burnt down
  • More than 12,500 Kenyans have fled into Uganda and over 3,000 into Tanzania. Only very few returned. On 06. March 08 UNHCR still counts 12,000 refugees from Kenya in Uganda.
  • More than 6,850 children seriously injured (many by police and other armed forces)
  • More than 14,689 adults seriously injured or wounded (many by security forces)
  • More than 23,800 people robbed of all their property
  • More than 80,000 school children, who had to flee, have to be allocated to other schools, while 520 school teachers can not return to their schools for fear of ethnic persecution. Allocations are now stopped due to renewed tension.
  • More than 100,000 children registered as displaced (UNICEF), another 100,000 not accounted for at their former residences, i.e. they fled with or without their families and nobody knows where they are.
  • More than 600,000 people fled from their homes (Government counts only 219,485) and about 50% (ICRC: 304,000, UN: 310,000) were registered as IDPs (internally displaced people = refugees in own country) in more than 44 "official" IDP-camps all over the country, but in reality at many more sites (UN: More then 300 camps - over 192 sites in western and central regions alone). In the North Rift Valley alone over 126,000 people were displaced. Many IDPs were and are still unreached and without shelter or food. About 150,000 registered IDPs have left the camps for their ancestral homelands. Around 300,000 people found refuge with families and friends as well as other wellwishing Kenyans and expatriates. Beginning of March still 200,000 people (some newly registered) are in protected camps.
  • Except for some very little assistance by direct aid, the severely affected minority peoples have received nothing from the ICRC, Kenya Red Cross or other international support, since ICRC/KRC can not reach their hideouts and/or because all the aid is grabbed at the centers by powerful people and groups.
  • Transit routes and supplies lifelines from the coast to the West (and thereby furtheron to Uganda and DR Congo) had been blocked and are now only gradually back to former safety levels. Government declared Uganda railway route as being safe again on 08. March 2008. Mombasa harbour container terminal still congested.
  • Most tourists had left Kenya, missionaries and other expatriates were fleeing the country in January and February. US had pulled all staff out from Western Kenya. Of all categories only few returned so far. Some tourist arrivals are attrackted by low fares, but travel advisories of most countries not yet revised. Germany calls the country safe, France scaled back their travel advisory, while US maintained high risk warning.
    Since at least February the Kenya army operates officially in Rift Valley, since March now also openly in Mt. Elgon area.

- but this are just figures, while the human suffering can not be described and can not be imagined by those who haven't seen it. The ethnic violence poses now Christian people of Bantu speaking origin, with whom the security forces were ordered to sideline, against Christian Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic people. The Muslim areas and communities remain rather quiet, though it is evident that certain groups of coastal people are pushing members of inland Kikuyu, Kamba as well as Luo and Luya out of coastal province and back to their ancestral lands.

Those who suffer the most are the ethnic minorities of the aboriginal people (like Ogiek, Watha, Aweer, Yiaku, Dahalo, Sengwer), who are caught up in this struggle of the first colonialist of Kenya (Bantu, Nilotic and Hamitic invaders) for power, land and superiority. But they don't even have a single MP in the present parliament to make their voices heard.



Unrest Stirs an Exodus

February 15, 2008

Since a deeply flawed election in December incited ethnic and political violence, hundreds of thousands of people have been driven from their homes.

Many are resettling in ethnically homogenous areas.

The arrows on the map below represent a sample of the movements by some ethnic groups (red labels).

 

 

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