Though U.S. President Donald Trump has issued several orders aimed at barring immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, Somali Christians are hopeful that they can someday find refuge in the U.S. to practice their religion freely. Many Somali refugees resettled in Kenya, but there, too, Somali Christians face persecution while Kenyan officials seek to close the refugee camps.
Refugees who fled from Uganda because they are gay, lesbian or another sexual minority say they are also unwelcome in Kenya. A group of LGBT refugees have been protesting at the U.N. refugee agency’s Nairobi headquarters, demanding to be resettled somewhere safer.
Having seen an older sister suffer from the effects of female genital mutilation, Yusuf Mohammed began his own anti-FGM crusade. He’s had some success in turning people away from the practice, despite intense opposition from local elders.
The Kenya Film Classification Board has proposed rules that it says would address modern concerns, including specifics on regulating social media, but opponents in the media industry fear broader powers for the board would curtail their right to free speech. The board says it wants to protect consumers from harmful content; however, critics say the proposal would allow the government to confiscate materials without a warrant, and some arts groups have set forth alternative plans that include disbanding the board.
Only 3 percent among thousands in the Makonde community, members of which began arriving in Kenya from Mozambique in the 1920s, possess crucial identity cards, and some have waited for decades to receive them. Kenya’s president has directed that by December all Makonde will get the cards, which are required to open a bank account or buy a home, among other basic activities.