In the aftermath of hotly disputed presidential election results and ensuing political turmoil, Margaret Warner recently spent two weeks in Kenya to cover the deeper story. The result is an up to date portrait of Kenyans working to recover from political stalemate and communal violence.
As Kenyans cautiously assessed the fragile political compromise, Margaret visited and interviewed religious leaders, businessmen, politicians, and ordinary citizens from different walks of life. Her seven part video report may be particularly useful for classrooms in at least two ways: (1) The backdrops and locations of these video reports provide an informal but rich visual tour of modern Kenya, from urban scenes to rural farms and settlements (including Barak Obama’s ancestral
village) and (2).The current Kenyan situation dramatically illustrates key social and political issues facing democracies, such as ethnic tensions, underlying economic problems, political justice, insufficient social services. No democracy is without these issues in some form or another, and the Kenya experience provides excellent starting points for any number of class discussions.
For additional resources and information on Kenya check out these links:
NewsHour Extra’s in-depth lesson plan Kenya - A Country Recovering From Crisis
NewsHour’s in-depth coverage on Kenya’s Unrest
NewsHour Extra’s story Ethnic Violence Flares in Kenya
Superb links on Library of Congress’ Kenya Portal
PBS FrontLine’s lesson on The Role of Women in the United States and Kenya,
Peace Corps Volunteer Stories on NewsHour Extra’s GlobalCafe:Kenya