What Americans can learn from East Africa’s fractious year online
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When the Kenyan presidential elections confirmed a second term for the now former President Mwai Kibaki in December 2007, violence and rioting engulfed the country. Accusations of electoral manipulation led to targeted ethnic violence, reaching a horrific peak when 50 people—including women and children—were burned alive after seeking refuge inside a church in the western city of Eldoret. Instances like this were spreading across remote parts of the country, far away from international media and from local governments that can suppress its coverage.