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OAP pupil flees Kenyan violence
Kimani Nganga Maruge and classmates
Kimani Nganga Maruge started school in 2004, aged 84
Kenya's oldest pupil, 88-year-old Kimani Nganga Maruge, has been unable to return to school this term because of the post-election violence.

"I can't go back to Kapkenduywa primary school because I will be killed by attackers," he told the BBC.

He is staying in a camp near the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, after his house was burnt down.

The great-grandfather holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school.

"I am kindly appealing to President [Mwai] Kibaki to remove me from this camp and take me far away from here where I will learn without any disturbances," he said.

Eldoret has seen some of the worst cases of violence since last month's disputed elections.

Human Rights Watch says it has evidence that local opposition Orange Democratic Movement officials helped organise attacks on members of Mr Kibaki's Kikuyu community in the area.

Mr Maruge is a Kikuyu.

Schools reopened after the election violence last week in most of Kenya, except in parts of the Rift Valley.

More than 650 people have died in the violence and some 250,000 driven from their homes.

Mr Maruge made history in 2004 when he enrolled at Kapkenduywa, after Kenya's government introduced free primary schooling in 2003.

Two of his 30 grandchildren attend the same school but they are in more senior grades.

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