2022-11-25 12:35:04

Kenya country profile

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Situated on the equator on Africa's east coast, Kenya has been described as the cradle of humanity.

In the Great Rift Valley palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man's ancestors.

In the present day, Kenya's ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but is also a source of conflict.

The Islamist militant Al-Shabab movement, active in Somalia, has also been launching a growing number of attacks in Kenya, including the 2013 Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and the 2015 attack on Garissa University College in northwest Kenya.

Other pressing challenges include high unemployment, crime and poverty. Droughts frequently put millions of people at risk.

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REPUBLIC OF KENYA: FACTS

  • Population: 55 million
  • Area: 580,367 sq km
  • Major languages: Swahili, English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 64 years (men) 69 years (women)

LEADER

President: William Ruto

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