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Fighting For Peace in Kenya With a Paint Brush

Artist Solo 7 uses his paint brush to call for peace at home in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum.


Peace is the biggest hope of the people in Kibera

"Let peace prevail" and "Tribal war can’t solve the problem -- Keep peace, fellow Kenyans" are just two of the thousands of slogans plaster as graffiti throughout Kibera. They are all painted by an artist whose tag is Solo 7.

Kibera was an opposition stronghold in last December's disputed presidential elections. The deadly violence that ensued there pitted then opposition leader Raila Odinga's Luo tribe against the Kikuyu.

World in Progress meets Solo 7, who is still using his paint brush to promote peace as the country’s legislators debate the peace-deal mediated by Kofi Annan.

Reporter: Richard Lough

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