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they mobilized to stop the slum clearance. Mathare was just emerging from some of its worst violence since the Emergency. Postelection confl icts fl ared across Kenya in 2007–8 after a disputed presidential election, and Kikuyus and Luos fought and killed hundreds. In Nairobi, Mathare was ground zero for the ethnic violence. As the New York Times reported in 2007: The bloodshed began with a bootlegging dispute, but it has been fueled by ethnic rivalry. The epicenter is Mathare, a cluster of slums with approxi- mately 500,000 people, crammed between downtown