By Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra
Allegation of poll rigging in last month’s presidential election started the spate of violence in Kenya. The clashes between members of Luos and Kikuyus tribes in Kenya’s Rift Valley have claimed lives of close to a thousand people.
Opposition and some independent observers say that elections were rigged to ensure that President Mwai Kibaki is re-elected to the office. Kikuyus are loyal to Kibaki and are now being chased by the Luos.
But there was something about the images coming from the violence-hit areas that struck me. Not the images of burning property or men wielding weapons in hands or people running to shelters, but an image of a mother bathing her toddler in a place of refuge.
The mother’s face was weary. But she went on to perform life’s daily routine with the same duty and devotion, as any mother, in any part of the world, in normal circumstances would do.
For a woman trapped in violence, life’s most mundane things are perhaps the most difficult to get by. The next most difficult task would be to feed herself and the toddler till the government finds a way to restore peace and order to the nation.