Since the enforcement of the daily curfew in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyans have witnessed police brutality at unprecedented levels.
The curfew may have been targeted at saving lives but from the start, its enforcement exposed a far more stubborn problem in Kenya: police brutality.
Within a matter of weeks, 22 people were dead and hundreds beaten by the police presumably enforcing the government directive. And between January and July 2020, 103 people have either been killed or disappeared by the police.
This problem also presents a class divide that Kenyans know exists, but don’t often speak about. There is a thread that joins these deaths and the violence that swept ashore with COVID-19 stretching back to before Kenya’s independence. The Invisible Line seeks to uncover the extent of police brutality in Kenya this season and stories of the victims affected.