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United Nations Is Looking At Kenya’s Massacre

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God help the people of Kenya. Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan is trying to negotiate settlement in the midst of the slaughter of children, women, and men in this supposedly stable African country.

Bodies piled up in Nakuru mortuary yesterday. The dead, including children, were scarred by machete blows, spear thrusts and arrow shots.

All had been burned, their limbs and digits curled up and faces rigid, frozen in horror.

At least 27 people have been killed in the past two days in clashes between rival ethnic gangs in Nakuru, a lakeside town in a breathtaking stretch of Kenya’s Rift Valley that was once a popular tourist destination.

Until Friday, it had escaped the weeks of violence that have seen at least 700 people killed in the east African country and 250,000 forced from their homes since a disputed December 27 election returned President Mwai Kibaki to power.

The chaos which erupted after the results were announced centred on the capital Nairobi and several other major cities.

Now the violence has spread. Rural areas initially untouched by the inter-ethnic disputes are caught up in the cycle of tit-for-tat killings, maimings and rapes.

Former UN leader Kofi Annan spent last week visiting affected areas and trying to negotiate a settlement. Yesterday he described the abuses he witnessed as “gross and systematic”.

Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose election defeat last month plunged the country into the current crisis, met last week for the first time since the violence started.

Their hour-long talk had been arranged by Annan and he described it as “a very encouraging development”.

But despite this move, observers said any potential settlement was still some way off, with some fearing the trouble could escalate further.

Kibaki has said he is “determined to get to the underlying causes of these unprecedented events”.

However, it would seem he is not in any mood to stand down, despite criticism.

It seems Annan is as impotent as ever.

Tanzania’s former president, Benjamin Mkapa, has been travelling with Annan. He said: “The political crisis in the country has caused a state of agony and despair. We console the people.”

That’s comforting to know that Annan and Mkapa are able to “console” them. I would like to hear if the family members still alive who watched their children and wives being raped and bludgeoned to death agree with them.

Like many victims of the bloodshed in his country, long seen as one of Africa’s most stable, Nicodemus Adede knew his attackers – they were friends.

“They’re people who have lived with us doing this. Can you imagine?” the 29-year-old motorcycle taxi driver asked, nursing two machete wounds on his head as he waited at a Nakuru hospital where 165 victims have been treated.

“We were friends, but this is like tribalistic madness. I still don’t know why they did it.”

As he spoke, a man with an arrow sticking out of the side of his skull walked past – dazed but somehow still conscious. Workers from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontiers treated the wounded and took X-rays.

Those who escaped the machetes or poisoned arrows lost their homes to gangs who looted and torched them. Refugees sheltered in fields and churchyards.

Where is the socialist British, European, Russian, and global outrage of this massacre? Who really cares if Africa slaughters themselves into extinction? If they don’t, why should the United States?

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Written by smalltalkwitht

January 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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  1. Greetings T,

    Peace requires truth, justice, and wisdom…

    So, what are the chances that politics and politicians will solve anything, before creating even bigger problems?

    Wisdom dictates that we let results speak for themselves, hence the instruction to “know them by their fruits” (the end-results of deeds). Now look at this sad, sordid, and chaotic excuse for a civilization, created by money, religion, and politics, and tell me again that these three “strong delusions” are good for anyone, except those in power.

    A wise man once explained that insanity is often characterized by doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results. Humanity has been struggling and suffering because of money, politics, and religion for millennia, yet ages-old evils persist and humanity’s errors have grown so great that all life is now threatened with widespread destruction and/or extinction.

    That brings us to the crux question !!

    Here is Wisdom…

    Peace…

    Seven Star Hand

    January 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm


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