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The controversy behind Nairobi senator's 'free' Rescue Team


Saving grannies, bringing clean water to slums, helping young brides get married in style... Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko launched Kenya's Sonko Rescue as a privately-funded “rapid response” to the problems of everyday residents of the capital, for which he says the government doesn’t provide. But while smiling photos and tearful accounts testify to the way Sonko has personally helped many Kenyans, is this an attempt to create parallel public services without any oversight? Read more...
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Kenyan restaurant bans black Africans after 5pm


The rule at the creatively-named Chinese Restaurant in Nairobi was simple: after 5pm, no black Africans could enter the premises. Since the Daily Nation newspaper first reported this shocking story on Monday, Kenyans have taken to social media to express their outrage. Much of the anger has been directed at Kenya’s rapidly growing Chinese community. Read more...
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Kenyan children tear-gassed while trying to reclaim playground

Police in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fired tear gas at a crowd of primary school students on Monday as they tried to take back their playground, which was claimed by a private developer last month. Several children had to be taken to a nearby clinic for treatment. Read more…

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The never-ending struggle of a Kenyan village beset by lead poisoning


Residents of a poor district in Mombasa accuse Kenya’s government of ignoring their pleas for help after toxic waste from a nearby smelter caused three deaths and untold suffering. Although the factory was finally forced to move after seven years, the community still endures the consequences. Read more...
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‘Most-photographed house in Africa’ slated for demolition

Kenyans are rallying online to save Nairobi’s legendary ‘Heritage House’ from being demolished to make way for a modern railway line. The House – which is claimed to be the most photographed in Africa – is a museum of ancient wonders that showcases the continent’s extraordinarily rich past. Read more...

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Jihadist networks share first photo of 'Nairobi mall attackers'

This photo, which allegedly shows two of the men who attacked Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, is being circulated online by jihadist networks. It is the first photo to allegedly show a clear view of the attackers. Read more...

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Nairobi mall attack: “I called my daughters, and said my goodbyes”

 
A survivor of the Nairobi shopping mall attack tells France 24 about the harrowing hours she spent in hiding at the start of the terrorists’ operation. Read more…
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After cleric killing, Muslim youths’ anger boils over in Kenya

 
The killing of a controversial Muslim cleric has sparked two days of violent clashes between police and protesters in Mombasa, Kenya’s second biggest city. But according to our Observer there, the rioters are angry about much more than this latest incident. Read more…
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Kenyan police shut down exhibit showing graphic photos of post-election violence

 
The weeks of inter-ethnic violence that followed Kenya’s last presidential election four and a half years ago have left deep wounds on the population. Our Observer, who photographed the clashes, believes that to heal these wounds, Kenyans need to remember what happened and talk about it. For the past four years, he’s travelled from town to town to display an exhibition of harrowing photos. This isn’t to everyone’s liking. Read more…
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