“This is the simplest phone call to the world. Because you know that I cannot make a phone call to Kibaki from here, I cannot make a phone call from here to President Bush, or Gordon Brown.
But if I throw my stone you will come here from Britain to interview me. And Bush will know and Bush will intervene. Gordon Brown will intervene, and he’ll say ‘no'”

Samson Ocheng, OMD Leader, Kibera

Being interviewed by Newsnight’s Paul Mason, out in Kenya. Paul asks them ‘Why do you fight?’ and they answer plainly and with a considered passion.

These words struck me as both enlightening and desperate. As I grapple to understand a conflict so far away, though in a country in which my wife’s parents will soon be living, I am thankful for the insights offered by interviews such as these.