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Basic necessities scarce in Kenya

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A week of violence has turned the worlds of many Kenyan’s upside-down. There are queues for water and queues for food. Many are having to spend hours every day just trying to take care of their basic needs. The markets are empty, many of the goods stolen or burned. Small amounts of produce are changing hands but for exorbitant sums.

The situation in the hospitals is just as dire. Medicines are in short supply: no one planned to deal with so many patients at once. Nearly 300 may have died but hundreds more have been hurt. The Red Cross has patrols out picking up the bodies.

The border crossings are besieged. Most of those trying to leave the country are supporters of the newly re-elected President. Uganda has sent troops to the border to reinforce security.