Violence In Kenya Forces UNC-Affiliated Aid Group To Shut Down

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An aid organization affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has shut down its operations in Kenya amid election violence.

A UNC-Chapel Hill student founded Carolina for Kibera in 2001 to bring together rival tribes in Africa's largest slum. The organization serves about 25,000 people a year through a health clinic, a summer youth sports program and other work.

Organization President Rye Barcott said the recent rioting in Kibera is undoing much of the work accomplished by Carolina for Kibera. The group closed its offices indefinitely December 15th and its clinics December 26th in fear of election turmoil.

Kibera erupted into violence after its parliamentary representative, Raila Odinga, lost to incumbent Mwai Kibaki in a disputed presidential election. Hundreds have died in the violence following the vote.