23 Feb

PositivePressAgency

Kenya’s last election in 2007 was followed by widespread violence. A railway that was hard-hit gives artists permission to spray-paint a “peace train” in advance of the ballot on March 4.

Kenya’s peace train is ready to roll.
Kenyan graffiti artists received permission from the Rift Valley Railway to spray-paint a 10-car commuter train with peace messages and icons. It may be the first train in Africa with officially authorized graffiti.

The train will travel through the massive Nairobi slum of Kibera, one of the largest in Africa, where young gangs torched, looted and killed in the spasms of violence that followed the 2007 Kenyan presidential election.

“What we’re doing with the train here now, it’s part of a civic education and a way to advertise peace,” says Uhuru B, a 27-year-old graffiti artist.

Many in Kenya take for granted that some level of violence will follow the March 4…

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