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March 4, 2013

'Peace wanted alive' in Kenya

Street artist writes messages calling for calm as Kenya awaits election results.
A woman walks past a message of peace in Kibera slum in the capital Nairobi February 28, 2013. Kenya will hold its general elections on March 4. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

Netizens around the world are celebrating a reportedly high turnout in Kenya's election and calling for national unity ahead of the results. Those calls are also reflected in the streets of Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, which saw some of the worst violence following the 2007 election.

Since 2007, Kenyan street artist Solo7 has left messages calling for peace around Kibera. The artist, who says he now receives donations of paint from supporters, returned to his project ahead of this election.

Kenyan netizens are posting images of his work on Twitter and Instagram. Here are a few: