GWA KUNGU, Kenya – Alex Ndungu is the latest victim of the harsh mountain winds that blow through the rows of straw huts in Gwa Kungu, a village where those displaced by Kenya's election violence five years ago remain, in limbo. Alex died of complications resulting from pneumonia and anemia. He was 9 months old.
The 624 people living at Hope Camp are an illustration of one of the many lingering effects of the tribe-on-tribe violence that rocked Kenya after its 2007 presidential election. Five years later — and now only days before the country's March 4 presidential election — hundreds of the refugees still have not returned home.
Kenya holds another high-tension election next Monday, and though officials are working to prevent a repeat of violence, there are signs it may again return.