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How Kisumu Was Affected
Topic Started: Jan 6 2008, 04:11 AM (1,427 Views)
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Residents of Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city, stood outside a ransacked car dealership following the wave of looting and rioting that has engulfed the country as it begins to get back to normal after a week of post-election violence that has claimed more than 300 lives nationwide. Few places have been so thoroughly gutted by the turbulence as here.
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The charred remains of a supermarket in Kisumu, the stronghold of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who said he was cheated out of the presidency. Many businesses in the downtown area of the city have been destroyed since the election.
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A security guard stopped people from scavenging in one of dozens of stores that had been looted, torched and smashed by rioters and then picked clean by an army of glue-sniffing street children.
Photo: Evelyn Hockstein for The New York Times
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Kisumu's main street is named after Mr. Odinga's father, who is considered a local hero. Photographs of Mr. Odinga are still found throughout the city.
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Bodies of victims of the post-election violence lay in the morgue in Kisumu. More than 40 people were killed here in election-related violence.
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A woman cried as she searched unsuccessfully for a missing relative among the bodies. Many bodies still have not been identified.
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Mourners listened and prayed over the body of Albert Ojonyo, who was shot to death by police, according to his brother
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Residents of Kisumu joined a long line to buy groceries under tight security after shops were closed due to violence in the downtown business district.
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To escape the tribal violence, some residents boarded a bus bound for Kisii, a town in south-western Kenya.
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A billboard calling for tribalism to be left out of Kenya's election still stands in the town of Kisumu.
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A Luo man, from Mr. Odinga's tribe, began building a new home on the ashes of a burned house that belonged to a Kikuyu family in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi.
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Thousands of Kenyans from Kibera waited to access food and clothing distributed by the Kenyan Red Cross
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A burned container used to block a road in Kibera bears the hand-painted message: "No Raila, no peace. We need our president

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