Reflections: Talking to the soul of a divided nation

The contested 2017 General Elections exposed Kenyans to a state of anxiety, fear, anger, and frustration. The violence that followed the declaration of the presidential results evoked the painful memories of the 2007 post election violence. Kenyans are dealing with complexities of identity, ethnicity and belonging and grappling with the helplessness and paralysis in an uncertain political climate. This series seeks to address the silenced pain caused by our cycle of election trauma. It is a collection of writings and poetry from a coalition of Kenyan writers who share personal reflections on 2017 election tensions and speak to the soul of the nation.