What does poverty mean to you?

Poverty seems to mean different things to different people. If you were to define poverty and say someone is poor, how would you do it? What does poverty mean to you? Please share your thoughts (simple or complicated) with me here or in private. I’ll collect the responses and post them for all to read, without mentioning your name. I’d love to hear from you!

Reminder of Kenyan post-election violence

“Keep Peace Fellow Kenyan”

A couple of days ago, I snapped this shot along Kibera Drive, on the limits of the Kibera community in Nairobi. It serves as a poignant reminder of the post-election violence which shattered Kenyan society in early 2008. Before a power-sharing agreement was established, over 1000 people had been killed nationwide; Kibera was particularly affected. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different perspectives on the root causes of the conflict: some say ethnic tensions, and others point to socio-economic issues. It’s probably both. With elections approaching again in 2012 and no firm resolution to the issues, people are worried that violence will rear its head again.