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Monday, February 04, 2008

my friends have received death threats

Please sign the Amnesty Petition for their safety.

These are people I grew up with, went to school with, worked with in the past weeks following the election. People I respect and admire tremendously, for their passionate commitment to truth and justice in Kenya. The brilliant, principled, brave, resilient Kenyans I refer to in my Letter to Kivuitu.

What have they done?

They are Kikuyu. Of a generation (mine) that places the good of the country above ethnic loyalty. They have spoken out against the destruction of Kenya by the small group of Kikuyu political elite who have held the country in a hegemonic grip for the past 4 decades. They have named and condemned human rights abuses imposed by the Kibaki regime.

So now, they are on lists that denounce them as "traitors who should be killed." They receive threats by phone, email, text message. They continue to work 16 hours a day to address the crisis in Kenya, knowing they are vulnerable targets.

Please sign the Amnesty Petition for their safety.


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