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Restoring Peace in Kenya

In late December 2007, the usually peaceful nation of Kenya erupted in violence after a disputed presidential election.

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Residents in certain parts of the country began raising arms against their neighbors, with frustration over the election results reigniting longstanding disputes over landownership and social equity. Although Kofi Annan mediated the formation of a coalition government, the fighting killed 1,000 people and drove more than 500,000 Kenyans from their homes.

Working closely with our diocesan partners and other organizations, Catholic Relief Services responded with immediate emergency relief and supported the Catholic Church's calls for peace. CRS then began the longer work of helping displaced families rebuild their lives and communities to return to peace.

This video shows how CRS and our partners helped Kenyans reconcile and rebuild trust through peace meetings, counseling, community projects and more.

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