Saturday, July 12, 2008
The Only Truth is the Panga
These weeks CNN brought us no news from the civil (civil?) war between the Lemna, the Kikuyu and other tribes of Kenya. May be they felt it would affect American elections. One eye-witness, twenty-one-year old Pollack, writes that he feels safe despite warnings from the U.S. Embassy. Pollack, a New Yorker in Kenya to help build an orphanage, ventured out with his camera Wednesday. He submitted photos to I-Report, showing burned-out vehicles and eerily empty streets in Kibera, a slum of Nairobi. "People are ready to riot. They feel wronged," he says. For them, according to Pollack, "the only truth is the panga [machete]." Pollack believes he will be OK because, "it's a tribal issue; their problem doesn't have to do with me."
I hope we will see him back alive, and not in a beheading video.