In Aptly Named Rift Valley, Kenyan Deal Rings Hollow

kenya rift valley refuge map
Map by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso and Dita Smith — The Washington Post

(The Washington Post) NAKURU, Kenya – A week after Kenya’s warring political leaders signed a power-sharing agreement, Marian Wambui arrived at a camp for displaced people here, her house having been burned to the ground just two days earlier.

As President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga celebrated in Nairobi, the mother of two was wondering where in the unfamiliar sprawl she might put the two plastic bags of belongings that were all she had left in the world.

Wambui stood in the sun, facing the details of her new life: a registration tent and a light blue meal card. A long line led to workers adding fresh names to a list already 16,000 long — mostly people from Kibaki’s Kikuyu ethnic group who had been chased from their homes in this western Rift Valley region and were now living in rows of white tents in a dusty field.

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