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Kenya is living through a new wave of violence linked to the disputed elections.

Riots were continuing in the towns of Naivasha and Nakuru in the Rift Valley, and the national death toll since December's polls is now about 800.

Readers from Kenya have been writing to the BBC to tell their experiences.

This is a selection of their comments.


Here in Eldoret we are held to ransom by youth who have blocked all roads out of town. There's tension everywhere in belief that warriors will come and run down the town if Kibaki doesn't give up power. I hope this doesn't degenerate to a Rwanda style of genocide
Kosilbett, Eldoret

I am a student at the University of Eastern Africa at Baraton, 50 km from Eldoret. The villagers around our university are demanding that lecturers and staff from the Kikuyu and Kamba tribes vacate the school compound within 24 hours. We are going to be affected because most of our lecturers are from Kikuyu tribe. The nursing students have postponed their clinical rotations at the Moi teaching and referral centre till the violence along the Eldoret- Kapsabet road is safe. Please pray for peace.
Ngetich Albert, Eldoret

Our neighbours took everything from our house, all that we owned. These are people that we have been living with for over 30 years. They told us to leave the house with what we could carry, and then got into the house, took the rest and completely destroyed the house. I will never go back to the Rift Valley. The government should try and settle us elsewhere. God help Kenyans.
Jane Njeri Karare, Turbo

Following the killings in Nakuru and Naivasha, the youth in this southern town of Rift Valley have started a new wave of violence as a revenge. The government should not bury its head in the sand, as the situation goes from bad to worse.
Bett, Kericho

Roads leading to Kisumu are blocked. No newspapers. Peace of Luanda was disturbed today for the first time as the police acted to prevent trouble at the market. The market day was called off today. Just staying indoors.
Andreas Agreiter, Luanda

The violence in Kisumu started early this morning in protest at what is seen at the slaying to death a Luo during the Naivasha skirmishes over the weekend. The irony is, the Luo post election demonstrations that rocked Nyanza, did not result in any Kikuyu death. They where evicted and that was that. Now they are braying for blood saying since the Kikuyu have opted for murder they are running around looking for Kikuyu's in Kisumu. The situation is deteriorating desperately with the police only concentrating in major roads while in estates and settlements, havoc reigns. It is 3.55 pm in Kisumu right now and all major roads in and out of Kisumu are barricaded by gangs of youth seeking out identification from motorists in their attempts to flush out Kikuyus.
Bitok Eliud, Kisumu

There is a lot of tension here, young Kikuyu men have vowed to revenge against the killings of their people in Eldoret and the Rift Valley. People from the Kalenjin community have been advised to leave the Kijabe area. But there is tension, this is not political, no one is safe, the government should do something and people need to pray now.
Mary Jane, Kijabe, near Naivasha

Two nights ago, some people armed with pangas and machetes came calling. They started grinding their weapons on the walls and challenged Luos living there to get out. This took place for over an hour and we could not sleep the whole night.
Nick, Nairobi
We passed through Naivasha last night, which was quiet by then. The roads were nearly deserted - Sunday night is usually terrible, traffic chaos with thousands trying to get back to work or home. Last night there were only a few cars and sadly, many trucks piled high with personal belongings as people flee their homes. Odinga and/or Ruto could stop all this just by telling their followers to 'stop'. Why don't they?
Charles Campbell Clause, Nairobi

The violence has affected almost everybody. Being a Luo living in Nairobi, I have had some horrifying tales. I used to live in Kibera, which was burnt to nothing. I then moved to Kahawa and nothing much has improved. Two nights ago, some people armed with pangas and machetes came calling. They started grinding their weapons on the walls and challenged Luos living there to get out. This took place for over an hour and we could not sleep the whole night.
Nick, Nairobi

I am a computer programmer and I work in Nairobi for a European firm. We have a European client who flew in on Sunday. I went to meet him at the airport and a number of Europeans arrived on the same flight. Much of Kenya continues at peace, albeit uneasy, but no one reports that. It's not usually reported. Kenya will come out of this, hurt, but mostly alive.
Solomon Chege, Nairobi

Yesterday I watched in horror as a man was flushed from a "matatu" and was killed in a matter of seconds by a mob of people. His only crime was that he belonged to the wrong tribe. Today I came to work in the very same way that that gentleman did, I boarded a matatu and in that single moment we bonded but that is where the similarity ended as I reached my destination alive and he did not. We in Nairobi go about our business as "normal", our FM stations that broadcast from Nairobi run the same old programmes as before and are filled with mirth and laughter. Our clubs are open and people are "hanging out". Is this indicative of what we truly feel or are we trying to reassure ourselves that somehow miraculously the killings we are seeing will be resolved and they will not reach us here in Nairobi? My soul is saddened.
Sonia Gakuru, Nairobi

Though Nairobi is calmer than the rest of the towns hit by latest violence, some of us have started to fear that the chaos may spread, even to Nairobi. Right now I am in the office working - but with apprehension of what may happen tonight at the estate where I stay. It is like the government is doing little to contain the revenge attacks and the whole thing may degenerate into full scale civil war. I am a Kisii, one of the minor tribes, and we voted for both Raila and Kibaki almost in equal measure. My landlord is Kikuyu. So am getting afraid that we may be attacked in the estate where I stay should the chaos spread here.
Peter Mochama, Nairobi


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