"God Made All Of Us...We Need His Help."
Those aren't my words. They're those of a woman in Kenya who is watching her nation...and world...come apart.
I'd written here weeks ago about the lack of electronic media attention this story was getting: the one about the bungled Kenyan election that now digressed into what The New York Times is branding "ethnic cleansing". Ancient tribes who had lived as one amid one of Africa's more promising democracies are now killing each other at a frantic pace. And, there appears to be no end to the murder.
The story got some early attention when the controversial election results were announced and the initial street violence began. It's gone away, though, amid the ongoing U.S. elections, the death of Heath Ledger and, of course, the world-altering Britney Spears custody battle. The Kenya story could be dismissed as just another sad civil war in a faraway land, but these days, such things don't happen in vacuums: there have already been stories about the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in Africa and in Kenya even before the controversial elections. Al Qaeda had already pulled off several strikes there, supposedly because of the nation's close economic ties to the U.S. Political instability and mayhem in the streets won't help.
Sad as it is, this is a story that merits watching.