Electoral Violence Kenya

Kenya’s Shame

Boniface Mwangi

Kenya. 2007 – 2008

A Caution: Some of the images in this series are disturbing.

Kenyan photographer Boniface Mwangi covered the post electoral violence that tore through Kenya’s crowded slums and isolated rural towns in the wake of the presidential elections in December 2007.

The clashes turned tribe turning against tribe and saw police battle hired gangs. The violence was especially brutal in the massive shantytowns of Nairobi, where many different ethnic groups live cheek to jowl. In all, more than 1,500 people died and nearly 500,000 were internally displaced.

It has since emerged that certain politicians and their backers planned the violence, unleashing decades of simmering tensions.