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Will Kenya's Democracy Survive?
Publication Date:
2/6/2008
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study, Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0249

What is happening in Kenya, and what should be happening? How are religious people responding, and is there anything U.S. Christians can do to help the situation?

While much of the world was still on Christmas holiday, Kenyans were going to the polls. All was pretty quiet as they awaited the results. While it was predicted to be a close race, all but one opinion poll predicted that the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, would lose and Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, would win. Many of the poor who had not benefited from Kibaki's presidency had high hopes for a change in government.

When the electoral commission of Kenya announced Kibaki's victory and charges of vote tampering surfaced, violence erupted all over the country. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced from their homes, and no solution has yet been found.

Kenya is considered a peaceful, economically growing country in Africa. How could this happen, and what factors need to be taken into account to find a solution?

This In the News study is for groups concerned about the violence who wish to understand the current state of affairs.

Andrew Schleicher is a United Methodist clergyman and freelance writer living in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a former editor of FaithLink and The United Methodist Newscope. Schleicher lived for six months in East Africa and later began his research on Sudan while interning with the Africa Policy Information Center (now Africa Action).


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