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Saved From a Lynching

My first day on the ground in Kenya, I went into Mathare with a group of photographers after hearing that there had been some problems. Two mobs were facing off on the main street leading into the Nairobi slum. Once the dust had settled, I met an Italian photographer by the name of Enrico Dagnino. He was pretty shaken up. He had blood stains on his clothes and told me that earlier in the day they had witnessed a near lynching but were able to save the man’s life. The report from that day is now up on the internet and can be viewed on the Paris Match website. The commentary is in French so I will give a brief summary in English. Basically a Luo mob got hold of a man from the Kamba tribe whom they now consider to be an enemy. He was simply trying to cross through the neighborhood to get to his home. The mob attacked him with weapons, kicked him and began dousing him with gasoline, presumably to set him on fire. Enrico, and his colleague, Luc Delahaye, decided to intervene and managed to spare his life. The photographs leading up to that moment are an incredible document, first because it is surprising that they were able to photograph the scene, and second, because it shows how too many have died in the streets of Kenya over the last month. Please take the time to view the slide show by clicking here


7 Responses to “Saved From a Lynching”

  1. Merci beaucoup votre cet article qui est très intéressant, je suis Styliste Photo à Paris. Et c’est vraiment une passion avant un métier.

  2. mindcrawl says:

    what “devils” are we talking about?
    there are no very good answers to this… i think.
    but the more information we get … the more we have to intervene.

  3. Sauvé du lychage

    Saved from a lynching: Enrico Dangino, friend of Vigilante Journalist photographs a man seized by a mob and about to be set ablaze, then, with the help of his compatriot, frees him. More photographs and blogging from the ground in Kenya’s current poli…

  4. Neville, Hertfordsire says:

    Brave and humane journalists – true. But what is the difference between civilian-civilian conflict and [“Devils”, “No hearts, no souls, no love “] military-civilian conflict – as for example the Israeli army murdering the Palestinians, or the US Army murdering the Vietnamese (then) or Iraqis (now), or the Burmese (Myenmar) army murdering their own citizens?

  5. […] I could not watch this slideshow posted on Paris Match of a lynching that took place in Mathare, Nairobi. In this case the Luo victim was saved by the actions of the photographer, Enrico Dangnino, who took the photos. Hat tip to Vigilante Journalist. […]

  6. Lisa, California says:

    These images are disgusting. Thank god these journalists were able to
    rescue this poor man from such an incredibly horrible atrocity. These
    people committing these acts are monsters – devils. Plane and simple.
    No hearts, no souls, no love is within them. If there was, they would
    never allow themselves to do such things.

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