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Healing the Wound. Personal Narratives about the 2007 Post-Election Violence in Kenya

Personal Narratives about the 2007 Post-Election Violence in Kenya

Kimani Njogu

Publication Year: 2009

The narratives collected by Twaweza Communications in this volume tell yet another side of the story about the violence that engulfed Kenya towards the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. The narratives are part of a Daraja Initiative involving media monitoring, reflections and documentation of the traumatic post-election violence period often associated with the contested presidential results of 2007. The goal of the project is to contribute to the protection of constitutional rights of all Kenyans and to the development of a just and democratic country. Because violent conflicts constitute ruptures and continuities and are often preceded by tensions over the uncomfortable co-existence of political, economic, social and cultural systems and relations of power as well as what is perceived as valuable, mobilisation for violence is driven by narratives of the legality and correctness of action such that notions of history, justice and memory are functions of narrative construction, power and authority. Narratives of violent conflict, such as happened in Kenya, are not absolute: they are contested, contradictory and incomplete. But they must be told so that the multiple voices from the citizens are heard.

Published by: African Books Collective

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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p. 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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E-ISBN-13: 9789966028143
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966724458

Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2009