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Talking About Tribes

Jan 14, 2008

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We talked with Gwen Thompkins last week about the violence in Kenya... She painted a pretty bleak picture then, and things are no better today. It started as a protest over the presidential election, and quickly exploded into fighting along tribal lines (there are more than 40 different tribes in Kenya, though the fighting is mostly between the Kikuyu and Luo). That word, "tribe," is often misunderstood in the United States, and some argue it's offensive, and smacks of colonialism. And while most Americans know what the term "tribe" means, they have little direct experience with them. What role does tribal identity play in politics, in culture, and everyday life? We'll talk with two Kenyans, and want to hear your stories.

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