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Territory in east central Africa, ruled since 1964 by the Republic of Kenya

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya(Swahili: Jamhuri ya Kenya), is a country in Africa. Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further southeast to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the northeast. Kenya covers 581,309 km² and has a population of approximately 48 million. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and a critical inland port at Lake Victoria. Other important urban centers include Nakuru and Eldoret.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 1° N — Longitude: 38° E

Area: 581,309 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: KE

Birthplace of

Richard Dawkins, in Nairobi, on 26 Mar 1941

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.73, Rank: 109, Personal Freedom: 6.59, Economic Freedom: 6.94
Kenya | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 51, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 4
During 2015, the precarious domestic security situation in Kenya continued. In April, the Somali extremist group the Shabaab attacked Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, killing 148 students and injuring more than 100. Following the siege, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery said that, despite intelligence warnings of an attack, local security officials had done little to prepare. Nine regional officials were suspended over the response to the siege.
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.14, Rank: 71


The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America's Somalia Policy, by Sheldon Richman, 24 Sep 2013
Comments on the 21 Sep 2013 Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi, based on reporting on Somalia's situation by Scott Horton and Jeremy Scahill
Last weekend's hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 61 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots in the U.S. government's intervention in Somalia, which began in the 1990s ... Unfortunately, the Obama team has continued along the same disastrous path:
... Then came the Kenyans, who apparently panicked after luxury resorts near their border had come under attack. In 2011 the Ethiopians reinvaded. Kenyan forces took the port city of Kismayo from al-Shabaab in 2012 and loudly declared victory when the rebels melted away. But the stubborn insurgency continues the fight ...

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Kenya" as of 26 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.