The Thigithe River in North Mara, Tanzania meanders through scattered villages and clumps of trees in a vast expanse of land ringed by hills close to the Kenyan border. The Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation operates a notorious gold mine in this region.
A few nights ago, I received a text message from a friend in Kenya. Afraid of being attacked by members of the Kikuyu community, one of Kenya's largest ethnic groups, he was fleeing his home. "Am ok," it read. "There were revenge attacks from Kikuyus, as the place is predominantly Kikuyu. Looking for another house."