Ah, I remember Kisumu well. Right there on the side of Lake Victoria. It was the nearest big town from Rusinga Island, where I spent two separate long stints as a child when my parents were doing research (geology and paleontology) for Louis Leakey.
I still remember the Luo tribe, which is the tribe Barack Obama's father comes from. They had beautiful shining black faces with high cheekbones and dazzling smiles. They were always so friendly and loving and open-hearted. Hard to imagine that town bursting into riots.
What a strange connection with my childhood.