Friday, January 11, 2008

The Quad of Death: Kenya's North Rift Tinderbox

Kenya's Quad of Death
(click on image for larger map)

Over the last few days I have been trolling the Internet capturing stories about the troubles and mob activity from various blogs and websites. It is becoming apparent that there is an area of the North Rift broadly bounded by Kericho, Nakuru, Kapsowar and Kericho where the clashes were most severe and, to quote Bishop Korir, probably planned. The heart of this Quad of Death is Eldoret.

If the ethnic cleansing was successful in this granary of our country how will we measure the cost both in human and economic terms. Even if the evictors are as capable and productive as the evicted there is a learning curve to everything so we will see a significant drop in output over the next few years. Are we ready for this? Can we be ready for this? How do we convince business owners and farmers who fear for their lives to return to their homes? Are they really their homes or does the land truly belong to the indigenous people?

Questions, questions. We'll need to address these issues or they will recur.



At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 4:11:00 AM EST, Blogger pesa tu said...

The land problem in the Rift Valley will have to be solved.


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