Fighting Scars Smallest Kenyans

Kids witness parents' death in ethnic clashes
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2008 3:43 PM CST
Internally displaced Kenyan children look into the camera as they seek refuge at a police station in Thika, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Friday Feb. 1. 2008. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The violence in Kenya is separating droves of children from their parents—sometimes forever, the BBC reports. One Nairobi orphanage is currently hosting 60 displaced children; some wait for their parents to find them, but most know their mothers and fathers are already dead. "It's been a traumatizing experience for them," says one Red Cross activist.

The children at SOS Children's Home run for cover when they hear gunshots from a nearby slum. After witnessing the ethnic violence in the country up close, it's become a reflex. "My mother was attacked by men with machetes. I didn't see it—when I arrived, there was only blood on the floor," said one 13-year-old orphan.