Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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pp. v-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-ix

Abbreviations

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pp. x-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

If there is something that has been persistent and enduring as the human capacity to engage in violence and destruction, it is the tendency to make sense of such events through narrative. For every violent event there is a story told in varied ways from a range of angles before and after the event. The narratives collected by Twaweza Communications in this Volume...

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Section 1. Narratives of Pain

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pp. 13-152

My name is Paul Mbugua and I live in Burnt Forest. Since late 1990s I have been living in this town centre. Burnt Forest being a business zone, we lived together with different communities doing a lot of businesses. We all had a good relationship; we interacted with the Kalenjin and helped each other in all ways as brothers...

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Section 2. Narratives of Mercy

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pp. 153-270

My mobile rang incessantly the morning after Mwai Kibaki was sworn in. One caller was persistent. Three times I was asked, “Irungu, we need to meet, when are we meeting?” With images of anger and mayhem from the entire country flooding my television, it seemed futile. However, we did meet that afternoon on the 31st December 2007 at the offices of...

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Section 3. Narratives of Aggression

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pp. 271-320

My name is Johnson (not real name). I live in Turbo. As the campaigns went on in top gear, we had doubts whether our preferred candidate would really make it. It is always hard to compete with the incumbent. There were rumours eeh …that the government must win whatsoever the case and they – ODM - were saying “our people, if diplomacy fails...

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