Kenya: Ethnic and Economic Grievances Underlie Violence in Eastleigh

Muslims in Eastleigh pray outside a mosque. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

Published in ThinkAfricaPress:  Last Sunday, a bomb blast on a public minibus left seven dead and scores wounded in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighbourhood. The attack, blamed on the Islamist Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, triggered conflict between Eastleigh’s Somali immigrants and their Kenyan neighbours.

For two days, rioting youths from nearby slums targeted ethnic Somalis, looting homes and fighting running street battles with police. After the tear gas settled, enterprising locals patched their broken windows with cardboard and sold shoes and leather jackets by the shells of shattered cars, but tensions continued to simmer.  Read more…

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