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Title:The politics of home: displacement and resettlement in postcolonial Kenya
Author:Shutzer, Megan AnneISNI
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:displaced persons
offences against human rights
government policy
Abstract:This article examines Operation Rudi Nyumbani (Operation Return Home), the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following Kenya's 2007-2008 post-election violence. In spite of the humanitarian nature of the operation, human rights monitors documented egregious abuses, most notably the use of force to close down camps. To address why the government was so intent upon immediate closure of camps, the author examines the design and implementation of the operation in its historical context, placing Rudi Nyumbani at the intersection of trends involving land, ethnicity and class. She argues that protection of inequitable, colonial institutions - particularly institutions of land ownership - motivated the government to implement Rudi Nyumbani in the manner and the timing that it did. Existing literature analyses the role of Kenya's governing elite in instigating violence, but stops short of examining its role in the humanitarian response. This article seeks to bridge the literature on humanitarianism with that on Kenyan politics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]