Thoughts on the Garissa massacre

Gwen Schulman reflects on the coverage and the meaning of the Garissa massacre.

For another historicization of the Garissa massacre, see Shailja Patel’s piece in The New Inquiry

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.

Terror attack in Nairobi

Amandla contributor Zahra Moloo talks to Roberto Nieto about the situation in Kenya following last weekends attack.

Kenyatta en Chine

Jean-Marc Soboth jette un coup d’oeil à la visite de Uhuru Kenyatta, le nouveau président Kenya, en Chine.

The Kenyan elections: an anti-colonial and anti-imperial analysis

Tribalism, race and the British colonial political ruling structure in its old settler colony. How does that play into the recent elections?
Gwen Schulman talks to Firoze Manji about the recent elections in Kenya.

The importance of remittances in African countries

Firoze Manji looks at the importance of remittances in African countries.

Giving voice to the slums of Kenya

Amandla’s Gwen Schulman interviews Wairimu Gitau of Mathare Radio and Owen Sheppard of the Liberation Cooperative Organisation of Kenya. Both organizations are committed to promoting independent media in Mathare, Kenya’s second largest slum and giving voice to the residents. They describe their efforts to stay rooted in the community, gain international solidarity and find support without losing sight of the needs of the community.

Amandla will broadcast some of their media pieces over the next few weeks.

Oil found in northern Kenya

Amandla collaborator Zahra Moloo looks at the new major oil find in Northern Kenya.

The 1952-1960 Mau Mau Rebellion and British colonial history

Montreal journalist Jooneed Khan looks at the legacy of the 1952 to 1960 Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya while colonial archives are slowly being made public. A legal case of significant historical importance has been proceeding since 1999, through which several Kenyans are trying to bring the old colonial rulers to recognize responsibility and compensate victims for the widespread human rights violations that occurred.

AMANDLA: (more) Kenya analysis

Diana Sharpe interviews Scott Matter (PHD candidate in Anthropology at McGill University) who has researched violence in Kenya.

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