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Special to The CourantBooks are in short supply everywhere in Kenya, and that's tough on a population of avid readers. But in its five years of existence, American Friends of Kenya has done more than donate 150,000 books. It has helped libraries organize and share them. Audra...
Tags: Charity, North Stonington, Kenya, Colchester, Social Issues
Special to The Courant"Where you from?" asked the small boy hawking candy bars whose face barely reached the windowpane of the van stalled in Nairobi traffic. "U.S.A.," a voice inside said. " Obama!" the child responded with a twinkle and a grin. The van had no sign...
Tags: Vehicles, Kenya, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Norwich
Special to The CourantThe children of Igamba School, dressed in not-exactly-uniform green, warily eyed the young American woman. All the students were on their best behavior for the Thursday visit by teachers from American Friends of Kenya. But what could Rebecca Clarke,...
Tags: Armed Forces, Florida, Defense, New York City, Kenya
Special to The CourantHartford lawyer Kevin McNally has been on safari in the most beautiful regions of Kenya during three previous trips to the country. But he's never felt as happy here as he was Wednesday morning handing out Gummy Bears to children in Kibera, Nairobi's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterEfforts to resolve Kenya's disputed presidential election faltered Thursday as diplomats from the United States and African Union left the country without forging an agreement. As he departed, African Union Chairman John Kufuor, who is president of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn Nairobi's slum district of Kibera, people prayed for peace Sunday under the charred cross and blackened walls of the burned Lutheran church. But in the narrow alleys just 100 yards away, the thugs with machetes still rule. When the service ended,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTHANGATHI, KENYA -- The boy was feverish, vomiting, and wouldn't eat. His mother rushed him to a village clinic, suspecting measles, typhoid or one of the other usual childhood ailments found in Kenya's central highlands. Instead, the doctor diagnosed...
Melitus Mugabe Were was a rarity among Kenyan politicians, a moderate who straddled the divides rending the country. A freshman lawmaker in parliament, he was a man who could have mediated between extremists in both the ruling party and the opposition,...
Tags: Crime, Law and Justice, Politics, Democracy, Mwai Kibaki, Crimes
Stealing elections has been a common practice in Africa for more than 40 years. African presidents and the ruling elites that surround them have routinely colluded with loyal officials to stuff ballot boxes, intimidate opponents, distribute bribes,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs the head of the African Union met with Kenya's political rivals here Wednesday to try to get them talking, opposition supporters waited tensely on the streets for news and warned of more violence if President Mwai Kibaki stays in power. John Kufuor,...
Tags: Ghana, Heads of State, Los Angeles Times, Death, Kenya
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterClashes between police and protesters in several cities Friday resulted in as many as 12 deaths, bringing the toll to nearly two dozen in three days of "mass action," witnesses and officials said. The deadliest skirmishes occurred in the Nairobi slum...
I first started working in Kenya when conducting research for my master's degree in 1991 at the University of Nairobi. It was a time of great hope and excitement. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, we saw a resurgence of democracy's "third wave," and it...
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