Kenya rounds up thousands of Somali refugees and Somali Kenyans in anti-terrorist operation

On March 31, a blast killed 6 people in the predominantly Somali neighbourhood of Eastleigh in Kenya. Following the blast, Kenyan police rounded up over a thousand Somali refugees and Somali Kenyans, detaining them in a football stadium. Those detained reported that people were beaten and raped by the police and required to hand over money and valuables. Some pregnant women had miscarriages or were forced to give birth while in detention.

Meanwhile, in the port city of Mombasa, on April 1st, Muslim cleric Sheikh Abubakar Sharif Ahmed, otherwise known as Makaburi, was assassinated after attending a court hearing. He is the third Muslim cleric to be killed in Mombasa since 2012. While many suspect police involvement, they have denied accusations that they are to blame for extra-judicial killings.

Zahra Moloo interviews Al-Amin Kimathi, a human rights activist and Executive Director of the Muslims for Human Rights Forum, who has reportedly received death threats. Kimathi talks about the crackdown on Somali communities in Eastleigh, the assassination of Makaburi, and how these events relate to counter-terrorism strategies and interests in the East Africa region.

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