For more than 150,000 Kenyans living in the UK, the ongoing violence has been unsettling even as the Kenyan government, through the Kenya High Commission in London, issued a travel advisory.
The most affected areas have been the towns of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. The wanton looting and destruction followed the shooting dead on August 4 of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old, by a special unit of police that deals with gun-related murders in the black community.
The travel advisory warned Kenyans living in London against all manner of travel, especially to the affected areas unless in cases where travel was absolutely necessary.
Other areas mentioned in the travel advisory included Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham, Peckham, Enfield, Croydon, Camden Town and affected parts of Birmingham and Liverpool.
Now sanity seems to be slowly creeping in once again as the city’s clean-up continues and businesses get back to normal one week on – but the tension is far from over and the situation is still volatile.