Do You Know These Kids?
Thousands of Kenyans are looking for loved ones lost at the height of post-elections violence. Many of them, driven away from their homes by rival gangs, live in camps in the volatile Rift Valley province, surviving on dole-outs from relief agencies.
About 13,000 Kenyans are still living in a camp in Eldoret after their homes were ransacked, and they were forced to flee for their lives. Post-election violence convulsed the country's lush Rift Valley after the December 27 polls.
Many are from President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe, chased out of villages around Eldoret town by gangs of youths from the Kalenjin tribe they call "warriors.”
Hundreds have died and 250,000 been forced to flee their homes. Ethnic killings fueled by politics and excessive police action continue to inflame the situation. Red Cross workers are trying to re-unite the families and have put up pictures of mostly children so that their parents can identify them.
One sign reads "Do You Know These Kids?" in English and Swahili.
The people at the camp receive food and shelter provided by several aid agencies and NGOs helping to deal with the humanitarian crisis in the country.
More than 1,500 children attend primary school in the camp but most people sit looking stunned.
In more quiet corners, counselors talk to shocked adults about the atrocities they have seen. The violence has shattered Kenya's image as a stable, democratic country with the region's strongest economy. Its core tourism industry has seen mass cancellations and its shilling currency hit an 18-month low on Wednesday.