Kenya Trudy Burnham

Kenya's Location in Africa
This is political map of Kenya.

Geography

  • Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
  • Kenya is five times the size of Ohio
  • Tropical climate on the coast, arid on the interior
  • Kenya's landscape is low plains that rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley, which is a fertile plateau in west
  • Natural resources include limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, hydropower
  • Standing at 17,057, Mt. Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa

People

  • Kenya has a population of 46,790,758
  • Kenya has two official languages, English and Kiswahili, but there are many other indigenous languages spoken there as well.
  • The total population's life expectancy at birth is 64 years old.
  • A woman's life expectancy is 65 years and a man's is 62.
  • In Kenya, most people over the age of fifteen can read and write.
  • The literacy of the total population is 78%
Left: Religions in Kenya Right: Ethnic Groups in Kenya
On the left is traditional women's clothing, and on they right is traditional men's clothing. In Kenya, the traditional clothing that people wore was based on their religion or ethnic group. For example in the Masai tribe, women wear plate-like bead necklaces, and colorful wraps called kanga. The men wear a red-checked shuka (Masai blanket) and carry a ball-ended club.
This is the seal of the Kenyan Republic

Government

  • Kenya is a republic, which means they have a president
  • The capital city of Kenya is Nairobi
This is Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta

The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. One Kenyan Shilling equals 0.0097 US Dollar.

Tourism

There are many things to do in Kenya, which include going on safaris, climbing Mt. Kenya, visiting beaches, and going to Nairobi National Park, which is right in the city. Many safari trips start in Nairobi, then move on to other places in Nairobi. The wildlife you see on the safari depends on the area of Kenya you are in. You can also see Karen Blixen's old home in Nairobi. Karen Blixen is the author of "Out of Africa".

History

The European power that colonized Kenya was Great Britain. They wanted Kenya because it was connect to Uganda, which was a strategic source of the Nile River. Kenya resisted British rule, but the British quickly won them over due to their size. They replaced traditional tribe leaders with new chiefs. The new chiefs had complete control over Kenya and had administrative, executive, and judicial powers. Kenya got it independence from Great Britain in 1963 after the Mau Mau Uprising.

The Mau Mau Uprising

The Mau Mau Uprising was a result of Kenyans wanting to be an independent country. The tribes, Kikuyu, Embu, Meru and Kamba met in secret and made an oath of unity and secrecy to fight for their freedom. Kenya was put in a state of emergency from October 1952 to December 1959 because of the Mau Mau. Hundreds of Kenyans were arrested and put in detention camps over this time period. After a huge loss for the Kenyans, the state of emergency was ended, and with that, the Mau Mau Uprising was over.

1964

Jomo Kenyatta, an accused leader of the Mau Mau Uprising becomes the first president of Kenya.

1998

Al-Qaeda bombs the US Embassy in Nairobi, killing 224, and injuring thousands of other people.

2009

Kenya sends it's military forces to deliver food, water, and medicine to one third of it's population, giving first to areas most affect by drought.

Attacks on Westgate Mall and Garissa Unversity

A Kenyan intervention in a Somalia conflict leads to several attacks in Kenya, including the 2013 massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Then in 2015, there was another attack at the Garissa University College.

Catherine Ndereba is a famous Kenyan marathon runner. She was born on July 21, 1972 in Nyeri County in Kenya. She has won the Boston Marathon four times, won twice at the World Championships in Athletics, and won two sliver medals at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008.

Wildlife

There is a wide variety of wildlife in Kenya, including African elephants, cheetahs, and giraffes. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world. When they run, they can reach speeds of 68 to 75 miles per hour.

Kenya's Corruption

Kenya's Corruption score is 26/100. This isn't a very good score. The higher the score, the more corrupt that country is.

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