After violence, Kenya tourism struggles
Postelection clashes have scared off visitors, crippling an industry vital to East Africa's strongest economy.
Hotels are empty up and down the Kenyan coast after ethnic clashes killed more than 1,500 people and forced more than 600,000 to flee their homes in the wake of the disputed Dec. 27 presidential election.
Inland, the elephants, lions, and giraffes have the country's game reserves to themselves as safari companies divert to neighboring Tanzania.
After years of boom, East Africa's dominant economy seems headed for a fall. Tea companies are struggling to get bushes harvested and farm workers are stranded far from their fields.
Professor Terry Ryan, adviser to Kenya's Central Bank, estimates a growth rate of 2 percent to 4.5 percent in the near future, after five years of expansion at nearly 7 percent.
"Every day that we delay the restoration of normality we are moving toward the lower figure," he says.
And for now the economy is tanking, sending ripples through the region.