Killing of Student Further Sullies Kenyan Police – NYTimes.com

Life in the Nairobi slums may raise your appreciation for human rights standards.  It may just make you appreciate your life a little more, as well:

In the grittier parts of this city, where people inhabit tiny tin shacks and bloated dead animals float along garbage-strewn rivers, police officers are not known as heroes. Instead, many residents see them as a menace, prowling around in dark trench coats with AK-47s slung over their shoulders, extorting money from slum dwellers and killing alleged suspects — and sometimes not even suspects but simply poor people they come across.

“They kill for free,” said one young man in the Mukuru Kayaba slum, where Mr. Muthini was shot.

via Killing of Student Further Sullies Kenyan Police – NYTimes.com.

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  1. gdgpinto says:

    This is just tragic. It’s disgusting, immoral, unethical, shameful, and deplorable. The people of a sovereign nation that holds democratic elections should not live in fear of a police force that is meant to keep them safe. I guess the question that comes to mind is why is there such a high propensity of violence in Kenya? What is the cause of all this turmoil and suffering? It seems apparent that violence is one of the consequences of extreme poverty. I’m sure there is much to be said about a history steeped in colonial ravaging of its people, land, and resources. That is no longer the case; however, and we must now look to the future and what it can bring. I think that education is a powerful step in the right direction. The Asante Africa Foundation is an organization that is doing a lot to promote and facilitate education for young Kenyans. http://www.asanteafrica.org/ourwork/goals.php

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