Kenya: Flashpoint


A resident of Kibera screams in front of a burning tire barricade at the entrance of the slum

In Africa's biggest slum, lines are being drawn. Morris Otieno, a trader and businessman, won't say if he is one of the Luo tribesmen in the township of Kibera, on the southwest edge of Nairobi, who have torched shops, battled riot police and dragged rival Kikuyu tribe members into the street to kill them. But he will say that the Kikuyu must go. "We have to move them away from our areas," he says.

Talk like that is raising the fear that Kenya is teetering on the edge of tribal war. By Jan. 2, after four days of...

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