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Land Shortage Increases Conflict in Kenya

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In the Cover Story ``Tribal Clashes in Kenya Continue,'' Sept. 27, multiparty politics was given as the main cause of the fighting for land. A more fundamental cause was suggested by a reference to some of ``the most pressing problems'' in 1963: ``population growth and landlessness.''

Since 1963, Kenya's land area has remained constant, while the population will double in 20 years. As the land area per person continues to decrease, it should not be surprising if the fighting for land continues. Steven Hill, Las Cruces, N.M.

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