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Turmoil in Kenya

Cole was dispatched to Kenya to cover the aftermath of the disputed presidential election in December 2008 that sparked tribal violence across the country. The incumbent, President Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, was declared the winner. But Luo tribal members believed that it was their turn for power and that the Kikuyus had dominated business and politics for too long.

The election was declared by international observers to have fallen short of democratic standards, fueling the long-standing animosity between the tribes.

In January 2009, a mob of hundreds of machete-wielding Luos invaded a Nairobi neighborhood of Kikuyus and burned their homes. In the span of nearly two weeks, dozens were killed in protests across the country.

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