Letter from a Somali in Nairobi

Sun, 2012-12-30 17:05 by admin

I haven't experienced any problems with security, but I guess it is because I have avoided the problem areas, i.e. Eastleigh or North Eastern. I have though noticed a rise in xenophobic behaviour toward Somalis, especially women dressed in habaya, from matatu touts and some members of the public in low income areas. There was an incident in Eastlands, where I personally saw a matatu decline to pick up a Somali woman, after the conductor told the driver to avoid "that Al Shabab".

Things have definitely changed for Somalis in Kenya, and we may have gone back to the 70s when security agents routinely harrassed and detained Somalis.