Kenya’s Rift Valley on edge as elections loom

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File / by Cyril BELAUD | Violence flared after former Kenya president Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election in 2007

NAKURU (KENYA) (AFP) – As Kenya’s presidential election looms, many in the country’s Rift Valley feel a deepening dread.

It was in this fertile region in western Kenya that ethno-political violence flared in 2007 and continued into the following year after President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election.

About 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 displaced, with the worst violence occurring between the two major ethnic groups in the region, the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin.

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Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs throughKenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia.

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