Kenya's Unfinished Reckoning


OPEN GRAVES: Victims of the Jan. 2008 church-burning in Kiambaa are finally laid to rest

On a clear, sunny afternoon this May, 16 months after the nation erupted in a tribal bloodbath, Kenya buried the last of its dead. The violence in early 2008 claimed 1,133 lives and displaced 350,000. Its terrible climax came on New Year's Day in the largely Kikuyu village of Kiambaa in the northern Rift Valley, when a Kalenjin mob surrounded a tiny village church where a few hundred people were sheltering, freed those who gave up cell phones or money or sex, closed the doors, heaped mattresses and dry maize leaves against them and set them alight. Thirty-eight people were burned...

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