A young Kenyan athlete contends for a shot at the Olympic Games, but his dreams of representing country are complicated by his nation's history of ethnic rivalries.
The unrest that gripped Kenyan slums and villages following the disputed 2007 presidential election was the worst outbreak of ethnically motivated violence the country had ever seen. Idleness among youth, combined with the nation's history of ethnic rivalries, were cited as a key factors to the crisis in which young people were routinely bribed by the nation's political elite to carry out acts of violence against their neighbors. In the years following the crisis, however, Kenyan youth have begun to seize active roles in the reform of their nation. Through a network of grassroots organizations, Kenyan youth are bringing about reconciliation.
This story follows Kamau "Kelly" Ng'ang'a, a 23 year-old Kenyan who dreams of becoming a professional boxer. He's part of a hodgepodge group of adolescents, each from different tribes, that calls themselves the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club. Together, Kelly and his peers represent a nascent trend of cross-tribe brotherhood in a healing nation.
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