A Kenyan village tweets to fight crime, foster hope

When the administrative chief of this western Kenyan village received an urgent 4.00am call that thieves were invading a school teacher’s home, he sent a message on¬†Twitter. Within minutes, residents in this village of stone houses gathered outside the home, and the thugs fled.

My wife and I were terrified, said teacher Michael Kimotho. But the alarm raised by the chief helped.

The tweet from Francis Kariuki [@Chiefkariuki] was only his latest attempt to improve village life by using the micro-blogging site Twitter. Mr Kariuki regularly sends out tweets about missing children and farm animals, showing that the power of social media has reached even into a dusty African village. Lanet Umoja is 160 kilometres west of the capital, Nairobi — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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