Kenya: Passing the Baton by John Michalczyk (2011, 50 min.). Prior to the national election of December 2007, Kenya appeared to be a democratically stable country, with a robust economy built upon a highly admired tourism industry. However, after the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki, his rival Raila Odinga immediately challenged the results and an outburst of violence quickly spread across the country causing 1400 deaths and displacing 300,000 people. Kenya: Passing the Baton sheds light on the struggle of a people and a government to create a united, civil society currently split by disturbing tribal tensions, corruption, land distribution, and a myriad of social issues exacerbated by the severe drought in 2009. With a new Constitution, Kenya wishes to become, once again, an icon of democracy in East Africa. Funding provided by Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, Boston College, and Rotary International.
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