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Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Kenya's new $3.3 billion high-speed railway, part of China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, has left towns like Kiu without stations or adequate service.
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January 22, 2020
The soporific buzz of bees fills the abandoned train station at Kiu, a two-hour drive from Kenya's capital...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
The soporific buzz of bees fills the abandoned train station at Kiu, a two-hour drive from Kenya's capital Nairobi. Rusting rail sleepers lay on the grass outside; a slender snake slithers away after footsteps disturb his sunbaked snooze.

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January 22, 2020
A new Chinese-built rail track lies about 500 meters away from the old colonial-era railway station,...
SULTAN HAMUD, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A new Chinese-built rail track lies about 500 meters away from the old colonial-era railway station, which closed down in 2012. But the new high-speed trains thunder through without stopping; Kiu is just a dusty blur glimpsed through the window.

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January 22, 2020
An attendant walks along the carriage of an SGR passenger train as it travels from Nairobi to Mombasa,...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An attendant walks along the carriage of an SGR passenger train as it travels from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya. Residents of this eastern Kenya town serving 6,000 people, feel bereft without their station and the old railway line, which they depended on to get to work, or the nearest hospitals. Traveling by road is a slow and costly alternative.

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January 22, 2020
Two children look out the window as they travel on an SGR passenger train from Mombasa to Nairobi, near...
Tsavo, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Two children look out the window as they travel on an SGR passenger train from Mombasa to Nairobi, near Tsavo East national park. Opened in 2017, the new $3.3 billion railway is part of China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, a multi-trillion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.

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January 22, 2020
The new railway sliced travel times in half for passengers and cargo traveling between the capital Nairobi...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
The new railway sliced travel times in half for passengers and cargo traveling between the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa. The non-express service takes just over four hours to make six stops but only runs once a day, a steep reduction from the 46 stops of the old service that ran twice a day.

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January 22, 2020
"This new railway is just for the rich. We do not benefit," said Thomas Mutevu, a welder in Kiu, seen...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
"This new railway is just for the rich. We do not benefit," said Thomas Mutevu, a welder in Kiu, seen here with his granddaughter Diane. He used to commute to work in Nairobi by train every day, he said. But now the train no longer stops and it is too far and expensive by road, he has stopped commuting. Other Kiu residents who work in Nairobi now only come home at weekends, he added.

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January 22, 2020
State-run Kenya Railways said the new line has boosted local travel. Passengers surged to 1.765 million...
KUTOKA, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
State-run Kenya Railways said the new line has boosted local travel. Passengers surged to 1.765 million in the year to June 2019, up from 1.239 million in the year to June 2018, as people who used to travel by road or air opt for the new train.

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January 22, 2020
An SGR cargo train travels past St Mary's catholic church in the town of Kiu. Cargo was up to five million...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An SGR cargo train travels past St Mary's catholic church in the town of Kiu. Cargo was up to five million tonnes last year, although some businesses complain they are being forced to use the new line.

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January 22, 2020
The new rail sliced Emily Katembua's farm in half. Although she was compensated, she struggles to get...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
The new rail sliced Emily Katembua's farm in half. Although she was compensated, she struggles to get to the market without the train. "The government should put a station here so we can benefit since we are traders who need to travel and sell our produce," she said, surrounded by goats and sheep.

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January 22, 2020
A blackboard, with an old train schedule written on it, hangs at the decommissioned Voi train station....
VOI, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A blackboard, with an old train schedule written on it, hangs at the decommissioned Voi train station. Vegetable seller Margaret Njeri struggles to see a doctor without the old train. The nearest hospital is 24 kilometers away, mostly on an unpaved road.

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January 22, 2020
Greenery grows on an old petrol pump near the decommissioned Voi train station. Residents must now pay...
VOI, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Greenery grows on an old petrol pump near the decommissioned Voi train station. Residents must now pay about 500 shillings ($4.93) to get there by motor-bike and minibus, five times what it used to cost on the old rail, they said. Taxis are only for emergencies -- they cost 10,000 shillings, almost a month's wages for a laborer.

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January 22, 2020
Documents hang on the wall of a station master's office in the town of Konza. "We have to wait on the...
KONZA, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Documents hang on the wall of a station master's office in the town of Konza. "We have to wait on the road many hours for transport because the new railway does not have a stop here," said Njeri.

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January 22, 2020
A woman crosses a railway track just as a train approaches a makeshift train station in the Kibera slum...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A woman crosses a railway track just as a train approaches a makeshift train station in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. Some want the old line, dubbed "the Lunatic Express" when British colonialists built it more than a century ago as it cost the lives of thousands of construction workers from British India and was considered a huge waste of British taxpayers money, revived as an attraction.

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January 22, 2020
People walk along train tracks in front of a bridge, built for SGR railway trains near the town of Athi...
Athi River, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
People walk along train tracks in front of a bridge, built for SGR railway trains near the town of Athi River. "It should actually be a steam train so you can actually see the smoke," said Mohammed Hersi, the chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation, a private sector lobby. "That would be something special."

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January 22, 2020
Old train tickets are left in the drawer of a ticketing office in the town of Konza. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
KONZA, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Old train tickets are left in the drawer of a ticketing office in the town of Konza. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
An old document hangs on the wall of a station masters office in the town of Konza. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
KONZA, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An old document hangs on the wall of a station masters office in the town of Konza. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Francesca looks at her husband Thomas Mutevu, as she holds onto their granddaughter Diane, at their home...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Francesca looks at her husband Thomas Mutevu, as she holds onto their granddaughter Diane, at their home in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Thomas Mutevu stands outside his home in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Thomas Mutevu stands outside his home in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Francesca who is the wife of Thomas Mutevu, hangs washing up to dry, outside their home in the town of...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Francesca who is the wife of Thomas Mutevu, hangs washing up to dry, outside their home in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
A Bible lies on a blanket at the home of Thomas Mutevu in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A Bible lies on a blanket at the home of Thomas Mutevu in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
An employee carries a piece of metal at Thomas Mutevu's workshop in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An employee carries a piece of metal at Thomas Mutevu's workshop in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Women work in a field next to a railway bridge for SGR trains, near the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Women work in a field next to a railway bridge for SGR trains, near the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Vendors look at cabbage stored on the back of a tricycle, as it is brought to the market to be sold in...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Vendors look at cabbage stored on the back of a tricycle, as it is brought to the market to be sold in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
People attend a service at St Mary's Catholic church in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
People attend a service at St Mary's Catholic church in the town of Kiu. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
The Mombasa SGR Terminus stands in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Mombasa, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
The Mombasa SGR Terminus stands in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Commuters ride down an escalator at a train station in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Mombasa, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Commuters ride down an escalator at a train station in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
A commuter pushes a stroller along the platform of Mombasa SGR Terminus in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
Mombasa, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A commuter pushes a stroller along the platform of Mombasa SGR Terminus in Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Two train attendants talk amongst themselves during their break on an SGR passenger train, as it travels...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Two train attendants talk amongst themselves during their break on an SGR passenger train, as it travels from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Commuters play cards as they travel on an SGR railway train from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Commuters play cards as they travel on an SGR railway train from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
Commuters play a board game as they ride on an SGR passenger train traveling from Mombasa to Nairobi...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
Commuters play a board game as they ride on an SGR passenger train traveling from Mombasa to Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
An SGR passenger train passes by a field, while traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner...
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An SGR passenger train passes by a field, while traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
An SGR passenger train passes by elephants as it travels from Mombasa to Nairobi near Tsavo East National...
Tsavo, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
An SGR passenger train passes by elephants as it travels from Mombasa to Nairobi near Tsavo East National Park. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
The Kenyan and Chinese national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa....
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
The Kenyan and Chinese national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
A conductor waits outside an SGR passenger train as its stops at Kutoka Station. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
KUTOKA, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A conductor waits outside an SGR passenger train as its stops at Kutoka Station. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
People stand in front of the entrance to Nairobi Terminus. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Nairobi, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
People stand in front of the entrance to Nairobi Terminus. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
A worker fixes a section of the SGR railway track, near the town of Kiu south of Nairobi. REUTERS/Baz...
KIU, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A worker fixes a section of the SGR railway track, near the town of Kiu south of Nairobi. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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January 22, 2020
A monkey runs along the roof of the decommissioned Voi train station. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
VOI, Kenya
The Wider Image: Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
A monkey runs along the roof of the decommissioned Voi train station. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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