Professionals from northeastern Kenya discuss education crisis in the region

The education crisis in the semi-arid northeastern region of Kenya took centre stage Saturday during the inaugural North Eastern Counties University Students Association conference held in Nairobi. The convention, “Ideas of today realities of tomorrow,” enticed students, professionals and politicians who hail from the three counties, which have often complained of massive marginalization from successive… Continue reading…

Obama is here: Kenyans better watch your behavior

A fairy tale is told of a poor woodcutter who lived for ages with his miserable wife devoid of any shred of wealth or fortune.  The destitute man lamented bitterly to Jupiter (the fairy). “Some men have only to make known their desires, and straightaway these are granted, and their every wish fulfilled; but it… Continue reading…

For Kenyan-Somalis, One Bridge Defines Their Belonging

I have always wanted to write about what I face, about what we — Somalis travelling from north eastern Kenya — face when coming to the capital Nairobi. In August this year, I travelled from Nairobi to Garissa to visit my family for a week. The journey from the capital to Garissa in north eastern… Continue reading…

Eastleigh Crackdown Offers Major Opportunity for Bribe-Taking and Harassment by Police

On the first weekend of April 2014, an army of 6,100 Kenyan police officers and soldiers — a larger force than the 4,000 Kenyan soldiers fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia — descended on Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, and arrested about 3,000 ethnic Somalis. Those arrested, including some pregnant women and children, were taken to Kasarani Stadium on… Continue reading…

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