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FC: Kenya | By Abigail Zoebisch

1: People of Kenya Population: 43,013,341 22% of Kenyans are Kikuyu, 14% are Luhya, 13% are Luo, 12$ are Kalenjin, 11% are Kamba, 6% are Kishii, 6% are Meru, 15% are other African, and 1% are non-African. The official Languages in Kenya are English and Kiswahili. English is widely spoken, but it is very useful for a tourist or traveler to understand and speak some Swahili. A great number of Kenyans are Christian. 45% of the population is Protestant, 33% are Roman Catholic, 10% is Muslim, and the rest is other religions such as the traditional tribal beliefs. Almost half the population is younger than 14 years.

2: Geography Kenya is located on the Eastern part of Africa. It is bordered by Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Sudan, and the Indian Ocean. To the West of Kenya lies Lake Victoria. Kenya in total is 580,367 sq km big. Think of twice the size of Nevada... Kenya is a bit larger than that. In the south and the west of Kenya are the mountains, and to the North and the east are the lowlands. The highest point in Mount Kenya, and the lowest point is the Indian Ocean.

3: There is also a massive valley, called the Great Rift Valley, that divides the highlands in half, into east and west. There are many important lakes scattered throughout Kenya. In the North lies Lake Turkana. Lake Victoria, Kenya's biggest lake, is in the West. Others include lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. There are also many rivers, including the Nzoia, Yala, and Gori, which flow across the country and drain into Lake Victoria. If you look at a population map, the majority of Kenyans live near these water sources, especially Lake Victoria. As you can imagine, water is very important for their everyday survival. | darker parts represent more population

4: Government The Republic of Kenya, commonly known as just Kenya, has a republic form of government. This is where the citizens are entitled to vote (they must be 18 years of age, both men and women) their representatives and officials into office. Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, having a population of 3,038,553 people. Kenya gained independence from the UK on December 12, 1963, which is their Independence Day. They have an Executive, a Judicial, and a Legislative branch. The President, Mwai KIBAKI, was elected in 2002 for a 5 year term. He was elected for a second term as well. He remains chief of state and head of government. Since January 2008, the Vice President is Stephen Kalonzo MUSYOKA.

5: The prime minister Raila Amolo ODINGA (who is actually President Obama's cousin) is in charge of coordinating government business. Under the Executive branch, the President appoints his own cabinet. In the Legislative branch, they have a Parliament with a 290 member National Assembly, and a 94 member Senate. These officials serve 5 year terms. In the Judicial branch, there is a Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and High Court. There are also three subordinate courts, which are the Magistrate courts, Kadhis courts, and Courts Martial. There are also political parties and leaders and political pressure groups and leaders that have influence on the government.

6: Current Events Much violence erupted after the election which named Mwai Kabaki as president. Mwai Kabaki's opponent, Raila Odinga and his supporters, stated that Kabaki did not win the election, that the results were false. The aftermath of this issue is growing economic and political instability in Kenya. Many unresolved problems are still lingering because of the violence that Raila Odinga's supporters produced, and the ethnic violence that is to come. There are also some environmental issues. Widespread poverty has caused deforestation. That has in turn caused less rainfall and a shortage of water. Wildlife is also threatened, due to poaching and humans moving in on their habitats.

7: Resources People of Kenya: Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html http://www.africaguide.com/country/kenya/culture.htm Pictures: My Dad took the pictures on this page as well as on the front cover when he went to Kenya.

8: Resources Geography: Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html http://www.mapsofworld.com/kenya/geography/ Pictures: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/54292000/gif/_54292134_kenya_.gif http://www.nationsonline.org/map_small/kenya_africa.jpg http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/4971/understanding-kenya-geography-climate-and-ecosystems

9: Resources Government: Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html Pictures: This picture is supposed to be on the slide, but i was having some technical issues and could not put it in. http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbnid=W9NVvTd5hu6--M:&imgrefurl=http://www.iconarchive.com/tag/kenya-flag&docid=fowPQcl82z5ijM&imgurl=http://www.iconarchive.com/download/i48923/custom-icon-design/all-country-flag/Kenya-Flag.ico&w=256&h=256&ei=WErGUPfpCY3W9ATc_4GIDw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=381&sig=112560920320112633627&page=1&tbnh=136&tbnw=136&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0,i:157&tx=83&ty=79

10: Resources Current Events: Information: http://www.usip.org/publications/issues-kenya http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_issues_in_Kenya

11: Here are some pictures from my dad's trip.

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