So Kenya stands on the brink of catastrophe. Ethnic tensions have been laid bare in a month of post-election violence. Kalenjin and Kikuyu gangs are intent on taking lumps out of each other. Slums have been razed and hundreds of thousands of people sent fleeing.
“Violence continues, threatening to escalate to catastrophic levels,” is how Ban ki-Moon, UN secretary-general, summed it up today at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.