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#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

28 Aug
#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

The August 8th presidential elections turned out to be a fierce dynastic contest pitting the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his rival, formidable opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The outcome, where the electoral commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner, led to pockets of protests across the opposition leader’s strongholds.

Police responded to the protests with deadly force, leading to an unknown number of deaths. Human rights groups put the number of deaths at twenty four while opposition leaders put the figure at over a hundred.

In the wake of this brutality, some families were forced to run away from their homes, citing cases where police broke into people’s houses to brutalize them. Those who ran from their dwellings were essentially stranded given that most did not have secondary residences.

While some chose to sit back and blame the victims for being ‘violent protesters,’ Kenyan developer Tevin Otieno and colleague Miss Nyawira came with ResqueBnB, a collaborative endeavor between social media users and humanitarian volunteers to connect stranded victims with willing hosts who can accommodate them for an unspecified period. The initiative has also overseen collection of cash and food donations. The groups activities are also coordinated via their Twitter handle @ResqueBnB. A more detailed description of the initiative can be found here.

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Lifestyle, News, True Stories, Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

  1. simonfalk28

    September 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    What a wonderful, practical initiative to connect those people who’ve been displaced. I marvel at how some can so quickly come up with these solutions at a time of such unrest. And to even give it a catchy name like ResqueBnB. Thanks for sharing Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

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    • eduzmi

      September 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Simon. Such people prove the world is not bereft of goodness after all.

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  2. Miss Andi

    October 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    While it’s sad that we need something like this, I’m glad that exists to help those who suddenly can’t go home. Thank you for sharing this!

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