Kenyan unrest - impact on Sadiki

A number of you have asked whether Sadiki has been affected by the current social and political instability in Kenya.  Thankfully, all our people and our projects are fine.  We have, however, experienced difficulties, particularly with travel and communication.

Kenya has suffered significant unrest since the elections on 28 December 2007, following which President Mwai Kibaki reinstated himself for a further five year term.  This was notwithstanding that the people had voted out numerous MPs in the ruling KANU party and that international observers had expressed grave concerns about the validity of the election outcome.

Sadiki works in the western part of Kenya, near Kenya’s third largest town of Kisumu.  A lot of the post-election violence has been experienced in western Kenya, because it is the Luo and opposition heartland.   Much of it seems to have been perpetrated by disaffected young people who are poorly educated and unemployed.

In January, our Project Co-ordinator was unable to travel, either to visit the projects, get supplies in Kisumu, or to top up his dwindling cash-resources from the bank. This was because there was no fuel available, youth had set up roadblocks outside towns, and travelling meant the risk of coming into people with other tribes and hence the possibility of violence.  Shops were closed and electricity and mobile phone communications were intermittent.  Unusually for Kenya, the media was censored.

This month, we are thankful that our Project Co-ordinator has been able to travel intermittently to the projects once more (avoiding days when there were political rallys).  Shops are open again (albeit prices are high and some goods scarce).  And a sign of normality – the schools in western Kenya, closed since the Christmas break, are finally able to reopen.


Submitted by Susanna on February 15, 2008


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