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Thankful Thursday

Sometimes the hoopla surrounding Presidential elections feels circus-like to me. I’m already tired of candidates sitting in diners among the common folk and trying to figuratively out-shout each other. And it’s only January.

But I’m exceedingly glad to have the right to vote, and to know that I won’t end up burned out of my home because of political violence after dubious election results.

In Kenya, the recent disputed Presidential election results – putting the incumbent Mwai Kibaki back in power – have left these horrors in their wake:

More than 300 people killed.

100,000 people displaced from their homes.

A mob setting fire to a church; the Red Cross reported it pulled 17 bodies from the burnt church.

Thousands of people fleeing to Uganda.

The United Nations diverting food from Somali refugees to new Kenyan refugees.

Here’s a link to a story on NPR about the crisis:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17970228

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kellyrfineman
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
It is horrific. And yet it's not that long ago that politics led to riots and burnings and deaths here in our country. It's why Camden, NJ is still such a wreck. And Watts. And Detroit.

I hope that the Kenyan people have the luxury of saying, 40 years hence, how wonderful it is to live in a country where politics don't lead to mass destruction.
tracyworld
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. It's difficult to read but something we need to know. I hope for justice and equality that bring about peace.
tamra_wight
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)

Yes, I often think of that! We're so lucky to be able to discuss politics without repercussion . . .
jennifer_d_g
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I admit that I sometimes forget to be grateful for the rights that we have. Maybe because my expectations for justice and peace are really high and, well, we're not there yet.

But, still, what's happening in Kenya is horrific. Very sad.

Thanks for posting the link.
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