The Demons That Still Haunt Africa

Violence in Kenya, one of its most stable nations, shows that the continent's old ills--poverty, corruption, tribalism--are far from cured

Jonas Bendiksen for TIME

As violence racked the country, desperate residents of Nairobi's giant Kibera slum stormed a health center where the Red Cross was distributing food

High up in the mountains of the northern Rift Valley is the village of Kiambaa, a place of maize farms and mud huts where the air is so light and pure, it is said to hold the secret of Kenya's world-beating distance runners, who train in the surrounding hills. On New Year's Day, a mob of several hundred people armed with machetes, clubs and bows and arrows surrounded Kiambaa's tiny tin-roofed church, where up to 200 men, women and children were huddled. The mob freed those who gave up mobile phones or money, raped the women, then closed the doors on...

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