Tribes fight in Kenya

Kenya re-elected its president in December. Mr Kibaki of the Kikuyu tribe won the election, defeating Mr Odinga of the Luo tribe. The Luo and some other tribes have been quite unhappy about the fact that the Kikuyus have dominated the politics of Kenya for a long time. They believe that the Kikuyus cheated to keep Mr Kibaki in power. Fighting broke out right after the election. After a month of fighting, the two opposing leaders are meeting with the former United Nation’s chief Kofi Annan to see if a peaceful agreement can be reached.

Kenya is a very popular tourist destination for its magnificent safaris. You’ll find elephants, lions, rhinoceros, wildebeest, zebras – the list goes on! One of the world’s greatest natural events, the Great Migration, takes place between Kenya and its neighboring country, Tanzania. Each summer, more than 2 million animals (1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelles, 200,000 zebras, and other animals) go from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Maasai Mara and return in the autumn. They go looking for fresh grass to eat and water to drink. The exact time of the migration is determined by the rains. The roundtrip journey is around 500 km (310 miles) long. It is hard to visualize the immensity of the Great Migration – imagine all the people in the city of Paris in France suddenly getting up and walking to Brussels in Belgium and back! Get the idea?