Somali Kenyans urge police, citizens to stop ethnic profiling

By Bosire Boniface in Garissa

December 05, 2012

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Since terror attacks attributed to al-Shabaab started being carried out in Kenya about a year ago, Somali Kenyans have faced unjustified negative stereotypes and ethnic profiling from members of the country's other communities, Eastleigh residents say.

Video of the second day of clashes that broke out on November 19th in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood. [AFP] Play Video
  • Youth of non-Somali ethnicity wield stones and crude weapons on November 19th during inter-ethnic clashes in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood after a grenade was thrown into a minibus in a suspected al-Shabaab attack. [Tony Karumba/AFP]

    Youth of non-Somali ethnicity wield stones and crude weapons on November 19th during inter-ethnic clashes in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood after a grenade was thrown into a minibus in a suspected al-Shabaab attack. [Tony Karumba/AFP]

Abdisalan Moulid Abdi, 33, is an ethnic Somali who lives in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood, a fact he says makes him liable to be stopped by police for no reason.

"The attitude of security officers is that if someone is Somali, then he must be an al-Shabaab militant or sympathiser," said Abdi, a property development agent.

Abdi said officers accost him on the way to work, at his office and when he heads home. "I have been stopped by police on numerous occasions," he said. "Even after producing my identity card on request, they said I had forged the document. In some instances, the arresting officers demanded I bribe them for my release."

"The other communities erroneously link us with al-Shabaab and we face open hostility in social places and public transportation systems," he said. "We are regarded with suspicion whenever a terror attack is carried out in the country, which is something that endangers our lives and property."

Retaliation violence

On September 30th, an angry mob armed with sticks and stones attacked Somalis living in Eastleigh after a grenade attack on St. Polycarp Church killed one child and injured nine others. At least 13 Somalis were injured and property was destroyed in the riot, police said.

On November 19th, inter-ethnic clashes broke out in Eastleigh after an explosive device was thrown into a minibus the day before in a suspected al-Shabaab attack. Protesters targeted Somali residents and looted Somali-owned shops, drawing an indiscriminate line between al-Shabaab and ethnic Somalis.

Hussein Issa Ahmed, a retired teacher in north eastern Kenya's Garissa District, said the Somali Kenyan community is saddened but no longer surprised when it faces backlash from security officers and other communities. "That threatens peaceful coexistence," he told Sabahi.

Harassment from security officers is common whenever they carry out raids to hunt for suspected al-Shabaab militants, Ahmed said.

"[Somali Kenyans also want] al-Shabaab to be hunted down because it is part of the reason why we are facing security threats," he said. "But when the Kenyan security forces and others profile us, we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place."

Aden Duale, a member of parliament representing Dujis, said it has become routine for police to detain Somali Kenyans near the scenes of suspected al-Shabaab attacks.

"Al-Shabaab membership transcends one ethnic community," he told Sabahi. "Some of those arrested in connection with the grenade attacks come from outside the Somali community."

"Somali Kenyans support the war on al-Shabaab militants, so the war should not be used as an excuse to harass and profile the Somali community," he said.

Indiscriminate profiling

In a May 2012 report, Human Rights Watch said the Kenyan government should take responsibility for persistent abuses by aggressive security officers against ethnic Somalis.

"Police roundups and extortion of money from those who cannot produce Kenyan identity cards have been regular features of Eastleigh life for many years," the report said.

Profiling Somali Kenyans does not help in the fight against al-Shabaab but rather hinders it, said Khalif Abdi Farah, co-ordinator of Northern Forum for Democracy.

"Security agents should strive to win the hearts and minds of the community," he told Sabahi.

Intelligence-based security operations

However, Kenya's Defence Minister Mohamed Yusuf Haji, a Somali, denied that the state engages in community profiling.

"These are normal security operations. Most of the searches are intelligence-based and on several occasion they have borne fruit," he told Sabahi.

He said a parliamentary committee is compiling a report on alleged abuses by security forces, and the recommendations will be tabled in parliament next week.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said violence against Somalis is unacceptable.

He said police attempted to use restraint to control the mobs attacking Somalis in Eastleigh in November, but eventually had to use tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd.

"We will not accept wanton targeting and destruction," he told Sabahi. "We are vigilant so that terrorism activities do not degenerate into sectarian or tribal violence."

During the skirmishes, police arrested more than 100 non-Somali Kenyans and brought the situation under control, he said.

In response to the recent violence, Kamukunji parliamentarian Yusuf Hassan Abdi, who represents Eastleigh, has started holding meetings with religious leaders, women, youth and other constituent groups to promote dialogue and peaceful co-existence.

"Acts of violence and stereotypes need to be eradicated through everyone's participation," he said. "My aim is to show all communities and different religious groups in my constituency that the criminal acts of a few individuals with extremist views do not represent or speak for the larger community to which they belong."

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Reader's Comments

  • Frederick Wamulume
    April 15, 2014 @ 03:36:37PM

    The Kenyan government has no choice but to eradicate an enemy of civilization. The Uhuru Kenyatta government is doing a great job and Kenyan authorities have the right to maintain law and order at all times by repelling the terrorists wherever they are.

  • Humphrey Wanjala
    January 31, 2013 @ 10:51:25AM

    actually it is time 4 everyone to be held responsible 4 wat is happeninig now ,we don have to lay blames on any sectorial group.we know very concisely that a problem cant be solved by one individual.we are tired of the rampant violence and state of unrest that kips rocking this country.let us all arise with one voice and give a back 2 such immorality.we nid 2 change the way we do,say and handle the crises and hurdles we face as a nation.kenya is more esteemed than an individual .we are brothers,let us shun 4rm quarrrels in our day to day life. after all this ,u wil c a flourishing,and rejuvinated kenya

  • clifford nyabayo
    January 31, 2013 @ 07:27:50AM

    we have to be careful about what we can decide to do (we have to think twice)

  • Kizito
    January 30, 2013 @ 11:27:15AM

    This madness is due to laxity of security depts in the government

  • Hussein Owayo
    January 29, 2013 @ 04:06:30AM

    It is by true picture and I have experienced it by myself that somali Kenyans at Eastleigh have got rude behavious, looking down upon the people around just because they know how well they armed themself.Then it is true if they are connected with Alshabab cases,they should quate the area and go to they homelands.

  • musa
    January 25, 2013 @ 09:07:25AM

    Peace yes but imagine a situation where you welcome a freind in your house for whatever reason and after a good stay he/she says cannot leave

  • Charles ole Laisangai
    January 25, 2013 @ 06:25:25AM

    It is good for Kenyan citizens to live in peace, especially during this period leading up to the general elections. Also the government should try to consolidate security for the citizens of the nation of Kenya, so as to avoid anxiety for the citizens

  • Moses ngomat
    January 24, 2013 @ 01:03:48PM

    Resident Somalis that are privy to info regarding alshabaab network in Kenya should volunteer it to gov agencies as proof of cooperation

  • fedy
    January 24, 2013 @ 09:16:56AM

    let the police be humane coz we are in da world 2pass but da 2 countries are dea 2 stay so let peace prevail

  • cabdirisaaq cabdulahi
    January 24, 2013 @ 07:39:50AM

    I wonder why Kenya argues to be defending its country. I would like to ask Kenya if NFD is hers? I would like to tell Kenya to shift from the land of Somalia because it has been said a camel whose owner is alive cannot be milked by another person. I would like to advice the Somali media to refer the name of the Somali region of Kenya as the land grabbed from Somalia instead of the fake name NFD given by Kenya because we have genuine documents that shows NFD was grabbed from Somalia by the British. Thank you.

  • hemed frm tz
    January 21, 2013 @ 01:54:05PM

    It is good for people to live in peace now

  • K Karanu
    January 21, 2013 @ 08:43:00AM

    ALINYO..... Take it easy,Anger means loosing my friend!!!!! shouting,calling tribal names, and all thatnever gona give any peace. You can get angry and all that and show it on this column but never solve any probs. If you have any evidence just pop in at nearest Police station and giveit!! Kdf operations in somali land is really being apprecioated by Somali people i Somali but little brains somewhere can not appreciate this but can only shout loudest like empty debes!!!! stop shouting write sencible material and help solve deaths maiming and all that nonesence. Shame on you!!!!!

  • [email protected]
    January 20, 2013 @ 09:04:45AM

    as a somali youth we request peace from the police. because you found most somali students having no hope at all dua to this conflict.

  • ibrahim
    January 20, 2013 @ 05:46:40AM

    The Somali government sit down as leaders and talk in order to save your citizens. By ibra Tanzania

  • cosmas
    January 20, 2013 @ 01:57:08AM

    it is not right to target one community. but without much fuss they should also accept to assist the securuty forces in uprooting the securuty rotten ones amont themselves .

  • OTIENO Mc OKEYO
    January 19, 2013 @ 08:48:56AM

    why isn't the government taking measures against these things because we are tired of seeing that the degrading treatment of African dignity is increasing while others are happy to take our resources.

  • Eazy
    January 18, 2013 @ 05:10:15PM

    even God will judge you individually and not as a group. so stop with the group accusations and rather put your efforts in finding the involved culprit

  • James
    January 18, 2013 @ 04:28:27AM

    please let the world join hands in fighting piracy

  • kaune peter
    January 17, 2013 @ 11:55:40PM

    i dont think this should be tribalised by anyone...let us learn to live in peace cause we need each other for the growth of our nationlet us report all criminals and suspects to the police for there to be peace especially in the eastleigh areas and definitely all will be well

  • MATHIAS JAPHET
    January 17, 2013 @ 10:41:05AM

    WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE THE SOURCE OF CONTILCT IN AFRICA BECAUSE WE KNOW SOME CONFLICT IN AFRICA ARE PROFIT ESPICIALLY USA IS BICTORIAL COUNTRIES

  • evancesekedy
    January 17, 2013 @ 08:33:36AM

    alshaabab should be finished completely

  • wamucii
    January 17, 2013 @ 06:15:27AM

    lets all respect one another. the government and all peace loving kenyans must do all that needs to be done to weed out all criminals in our midst. i don care the security measures the govt will take , be it searching my home 1000 times or even stopping me i dont care how many times in per km covered , but my point is that we should all support this worthy cause of ensuring that every one lives in peace , love and harmony. for the visitors who have been granted citizenship and they know too well that the bear some physical semblance with somali criminals , they should not brand the exercise harsh. infact thats why these elements are hiding in eistlegh where it is difficult to pick them out.

  • mohamed ali abdi
    January 16, 2013 @ 11:14:02AM

    I think all people must be treated well those who commit the crime of violence should not be accepted at all and must be arrested for their crime kenya is a peaceful country since independet. mr mohamed ali abdi otherwise if they still continue they must dealt with without mercy .

  • ann
    January 15, 2013 @ 08:44:59AM

    somalis are human like anybody else,lets not judge them negatively on first account

  • eric nzangi
    January 15, 2013 @ 04:43:53AM

    let police sachi every1 coz we av kenyan criminals

  • lily kassam
    January 14, 2013 @ 08:41:21AM

    Hey, you are attacking Kikuyus, and do not bring tribalism therein and I do not think that what you are saying is true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • carol
    January 14, 2013 @ 04:34:36AM

    Somalis shld go bak 2their country

  • BONFACE OCHIENG ONURA
    January 14, 2013 @ 04:22:11AM

    its excelently written and published with interesting and impressive information

  • Beatrice
    January 14, 2013 @ 03:54:20AM

    I am very sorry for what is happending to Somali brothers of this Country, but you Kenyan Somalis should be able to identfy none Kenyans Somalis and report them for being in this County illigally.

  • Nondo
    January 13, 2013 @ 01:17:10AM

    Very good and at a suitable time !!

  • Frederick Wamulume
    January 11, 2013 @ 11:52:34PM

    The government of the day has the duty to smoke out all bad elements as long as they find it fit , Among other measures , corodone suspected residential areas or safe havan for suspected terorist. For you Somalis ,kindly join the fight by helping to point or leas kenya security agrncies as it is now clear that enermies of peace are right inside kenya. So the government of the day must conduct all these operationsthat may lead to the smooking out of the cruel enermies of civilisation and peace.

  • Betty
    January 11, 2013 @ 03:58:45AM

    Somalis just like any other tribe should be respected ant their indentity protected.They should run their day to day business without interference from anybody. These people have lived with us and the issue of Alshabaab should not make us now isolate them.

  • ALEX WALI
    January 11, 2013 @ 01:57:18AM

    I dont believe these is happening in Kenya, we need to stop this kind of violence and focus on peace initiatives rather than moving around looting causing bodly harm to others and destroying properties in the name of demonstrating

  • makam
    January 11, 2013 @ 01:28:14AM

    Alinyo plis stop mentioning tribes,you are promoting hate my friend.So if you are not given north eastern there will be no peace.Somalis should learn to co-exsist with other kenyans.Alinyo or whatever your name is you are not a peace loving fellow.Shame on you.

  • wida
    January 10, 2013 @ 05:57:41AM

    The somalis should just leave en go to their country,even inermarryng with them is very difficult wats more they are very high handed please you people go back to somali,en leave peaceful kenya alone

  • Alinyo
    January 9, 2013 @ 08:41:42AM

    Simply,kenyan government and some individuals like kikuyus are behind this,coz the somali businness is growing by day and it affects the kikuyus coz they r also busiiness pple.so coz da president is a kikuyu he sends kdf soldiers in eastleigh.and their main aim is to move somalis from eastleigh and take control of da business,and also to make other communities hate somalis and dnt buy anything from them and buy from kikuyus coz all da grunades which were tasted were from da government,and if somalis r responsible y is the bomb done in eastleigh they could hve done it in another place,but it alwayz in eastleigh.at first bombings of churches was alshabaab now dat it is mosques who is it??????Y DNT U ASK URSELF DAT???

  • Alinyo
    January 9, 2013 @ 08:19:40AM

    Oh kenyans,i will only speak on one matter,firstly y do all kenyans think dat somalis r not citizens,at first,wen british were colonising kenya,somalia was colonised by three nations,namely italy,french and british,somalia was a big country on its own,it was divided onto three,first french made djibouti a country by cutting a part from somalia,next ethipia was also given a part which is now the ogadenian members,and third kenya was given north eastern,lastly the remaining part is the now somalia,so many would say somalis r not kenyans but wat does that mean and north eastern us for somalis,so lets get to da point,americans hate muslims,due to that they sent many countries to somalia in the name of fighting alshabaab and peace keeping including uganda,ethiopia,rwanda,burundi,etc.wen kenya saw this,they enterd somalia in da nem of protecting its citizens and pretending alshabaab were behind dis,but pirates were the one responsible,and pirates nd alshabaab arent friends,nd if it is saying true y dint they enter somalia in 1998 wen fazul was responsible and he was a somali????the truth is they went somalia 4 oil coz there is oil in kismayu and dats y they made there target kismayu.and now that walichokoza alshabaab now they r facing insecurity and still they havent gotten oil.at first somalis in eastleigh hve run for here lives from somalia 4 peace nd den now they r being tortured,and remember wen kenya was entering somali,the kenyan somalis agreed and they said they want poeace 4 their country,now that insecurity has started its them who r targetted.wen 42 police officers were killed kdf was not taken immediately to turkana but wen a single police was injured in garrisa and eastleigh they were taken and on top of dat the soldiers burned the garrisa market,tortured pple,raped women and even one of my relative was shot.and in eastleigh every night more dan 500 are arrested and they arent taken to prison instead each person is taken more dan 20,000.i am serious,isnt that bribe,even not bribe they are taken by force,and if u produce ur identity they will either cut or u pay them,nd if u dnt pay them they cut it and they lie that they saw u the day of explosion u were stilling things or u r a criminal,if it is true y dint they arrest u dat time.many would say somalis should be taken out of nbi,if u want that,at first who owns nbi,answer is no one coz all communities from da country come to nbi as one,eg coast is for swahilis,rift valley for kalenjin,narok for somalis,turkana for turkanas and north eastern for somalis so all of them come to settle in nbi as one.y only somalis to move from nbi.AT LAST IF U WANT SOMALIS OUT OF UR COUNTRY AND CAPITAL CITY,SIMPLY GIVE THEM BCK NORTH EASTERN AND THEY WILL GIVE U PEAAAAAACCCCCEE??????period!!!

  • Mohamed
    January 9, 2013 @ 07:40:35AM

    This should be stopped

  • lulla
    January 9, 2013 @ 06:27:28AM

    Leave of the Somalis. Why did the police not question the people who witnessed those who caused the explosions everywhere in Kenya particularly in Eastleigh because those who attacked the mosque were seen. They were black Kenyans according to the reports by the casualties who who were disbelievers. He did did not enter the mosque but he placed the grenade at the ablution area and shot it with a pistol to explode. Who who have fear for their life to give information once many Somalis have been arrested and money has been taken from them. However, it is unforgettable and has gone in to history the way the Kenyan soldiers behaved with us. We have seen many bad things happen, witnessed by our children and we will publish it in educational books so that this can go down in to history. This has been recorded in the history books of the world and we will have to revenge for it however long it may take because we have not learnt the Kenyans as bad people and we have known them as respectful people but the police has harassed us.

  • kamwaki nanyuki
    January 9, 2013 @ 03:31:44AM

    We are all equal in front of God. Let's love one another regardless of tribe and color.

  • James
    January 9, 2013 @ 03:27:13AM

    Somalis must learn to live in peace not pieces. Where on earth do they expect to pierce peace where in co-existence? Peace or else they will be pressed to peace

  • olik tiko ernest
    January 8, 2013 @ 10:39:58AM

    i think election will not be fair

  • KIKERERO
    January 8, 2013 @ 04:00:05AM

    WITH NO PEACE NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO STIMULATE DEVELOPMENT

  • abdullatif
    January 7, 2013 @ 11:32:22PM

    Let's not press religion into these issues because we will be causing more harm instead of solving the problem. Those people have their own issues and as Muslims we are no pleased with their issues. Because it is not Islam that sent them to do what they are doing. It is because of their stupidity. As many Muslims we oppose their stupidity because they use religion to spread their stupidity and many people do nothing to stop them from what they are doing but the Sheikhs in the mosques totally preach against the stupidity of these people and many Muslims do not like their stupidity.

  • Hassan
    January 7, 2013 @ 04:45:04PM

    Dear all, what is happening in Eastleigh and Garissa, is total elimination of a community in Kenya. The once that are attacking the innocent are probably other communities like kikuyu, luos, having intention that Somali community are obviously branded with Al shabab, that if Bomb is planted somewhere, and it kills people, somalis wil be considered to behind the attack. so far, criminals found to be guilty of attacking innocent people in Uganda and Kenya, are from non somali communities. Somalis are people of business, they have invested Easleigh and have billions of dollars in banks. That is why other communities are jealous about somalis. Therefore, the Government should take this matter seriously. Or else, the matter will grow in to secterain and tribal conflicts, and the Somalis will be real Al shabab to defend themselves, their properties.

  • stephen kimani
    January 7, 2013 @ 05:45:33AM

    its good and exciting.

  • hamadi
    January 7, 2013 @ 03:32:53AM

    It is a good site to get news.

  • ismail ali abdilahi guedi
    January 7, 2013 @ 03:16:41AM

    I am very sorry about the harassment of the Somali people when they have actually done nothing. This means if Kenyans explode themselves then they should not blame the Somalis because they don't like Somalis. But the Somalis should make decision because we feel bad when we see Somalis having problems. Thank You.

  • alchichi
    January 6, 2013 @ 06:18:58PM

    It will be good, God willing. They got calm with their Islamic courts but the disbelievers felt bad and destroyed it..... this is just time and the goodness will defeat the evil.. and anyone who puts himself in what doesn't concern him will get what will displease him.... Somalis should persevere because victory is nearing.

  • Denis Omari
    January 6, 2013 @ 09:17:51AM

    Peace is a must

  • nasibu wallace
    January 5, 2013 @ 09:56:02AM

    i am not a kenyan but i pray for the kenyan peace and urge the government of kenya should protect all th citizens regardless of their origin, God bless kenya and her people

  • maranga
    January 5, 2013 @ 02:22:32AM

    I urge the government to implement alaw that clearly states that any people from same ethinic ground should not stay together e.g eastleigh so that the criminal inteligence can have easier way of maintanance peace.Especialy densily populated areas.

  • patrick
    January 4, 2013 @ 11:17:49AM

    It the madate of the security men mantain it ,but how they does it is what maters,i fill it for somali kenyan n may GOD solve all this in time

  • peter kimutai
    January 4, 2013 @ 11:00:15AM

    no matter our faiths,life is noble n must be respected-pk kisumu ,kenya

  • mohamed issa
    January 4, 2013 @ 12:46:08AM

    Kenyan Somalis have rights like other Kenyans. The government should find a way of preventing the entry of the others.

  • Sainet
    January 3, 2013 @ 09:49:55AM

    These Somalis have brought this upon themselves because they are people who don't like peace. They kill one another and even kill innocent people with their terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Everyone fears these Somalis.

  • sainet
    January 3, 2013 @ 09:40:14AM

    This is what Somali people want!

  • paul K.
    January 3, 2013 @ 07:28:17AM

    where there is muslims there is cry,especially when you dare mention somalis.They are tied up by wreck islamic laws that are said to promise them heavens as may xtians as you may kill.They cant live peacefully in Easltleigh,or Garissa,or Mogadishu,i hate this religion by passion,esp due to the fact that they do not respect human life!period why is it that all terrorists in the whole world are muslims???

  • Aguko Alienduru
    December 31, 2012 @ 06:36:27AM

    peace must be maintained,love your neighbour.All faiths subscribe to love,peace and unity.

  • shafreec
    December 30, 2012 @ 09:28:07AM

    Somalis cannot be blamed for everything that happens in Eastleigh and not all Somalis are Al-Shabaab. Everything has happened but I would like to tell those Somalis who have mistakengly built houses and renting to people at 40,000 shillings to immediately build such houses in Mogadishu or in the regions they come from initially because these ones in Kenya belongs to Kikuyus. Those people were actully fools. Secondly, those people who have gone back to the country should not come back to kenya and they should die in their country or else they will ever be in problem. I would like to tell the business people to build another Garissa lodge in Mogadishu and I believe the Kikuyus and Luos will come to Mogadishu to buy skirts, suits, rolls and even mobile phones. I want you to answer for me this question; why do the Somalis like killing their people and make others survive? I mean, why do they like developing Eastleigh and develop its business and hate to protect Somalia and their people to die? I want the sociologists to do research on this issue. Your people need the money you keep in Eastleigh, you fools. Build another Garissa lodge in Mogadishu. Help employ the Somali youth with the 5,000 shillings you pay as wages every month. Help develop Mogadishu with the money you save in Gulf bank, first community bank and in many other banks in Kenya and help employ your poor people. If you fail to think about this today, you will know with time that you were wrong.

  • wyclliffe ambeza
    December 30, 2012 @ 08:18:30AM

    the lives of people must be respected

  • rukish
    December 29, 2012 @ 10:27:27AM

    To Mina, who is nothing but an ignorant fool trying to despise&intemidate muslims for what you donot know about. How do we know that ur among the terrorists and trying to cover up ur self as many do. Islam means peace for ur information u can make use since u r illiterate

  • mmulah joshua
    December 29, 2012 @ 04:23:14AM

    I think refugees its high time for them to go back so as we get peace in kenya, maliceous kenyans with ill motives are using this chance to enhance and perform their attacks and killings, lets not only blame Al shabab because this is enhanced by our fellow kenyans for their own interests

  • gideon mlewa
    December 27, 2012 @ 02:32:14PM

    gideon mlewa 28-12-2012 those using explosives to hurt or kill innocent people deserve no mercy.kenyan somalis should stop harbouring these al-shabab pinheads.

  • geoffrey gichana
    December 27, 2012 @ 02:09:39AM

    the police are doing their work we know that most of those Somalis are criminals

  • ben lusigi
    December 26, 2012 @ 09:43:49AM

    i dont agree with the methods but i must say that somali and alll other refugee should be greatful that we extended our courtsey and let them stauy here. that being said i think the interests of national security overide the personal linerties of any group be it local or foreign. these attacks are sysytematic and are aided by citizens. its time to return the refugees to somali and southsudan and permanently secure our borders. if you dont lke it then sorry cause i as a citizen im sick and tired of the insecurity brought about by the foreign forces.God bless Africa. God bless Kenya.

  • massoud
    December 25, 2012 @ 11:41:19PM

    Now, folks, let's ask ourselves, where do you these Somalis target when attacking so that they can be stopped?

  • wllie
    December 24, 2012 @ 10:32:41PM

    Al-Shabaab should totally be eliminated.

  • sammy mtamba
    December 24, 2012 @ 04:54:36PM

    comments like dahirs can only create more suspicions and steriotyping

  • JORAM GAMBA CHIBWI
    December 24, 2012 @ 03:49:52AM

    KENYA SHOULD ACT ON DHAT EFFECTIVELY

  • mohamed govi
    December 24, 2012 @ 03:38:42AM

    it is upon the government security agents to carry out thorough investigation and come up with clear evidence of who the culprits are instead victimising any person with somali origin that will be found around.They are humanbeings just like us therefore they should be treated with human.

  • gaaddisaa
    December 23, 2012 @ 12:22:50PM

    the coment that i would like to add is that kenya is knoqwn by hosting refugees from diffaerent african countries who obliged to flee th eir mother land foe well founded fear of persecution and harassment that is good and should be encouraged, but contrarry to good thing that they did what we are observing at the moment some thing else every individuals of the police members are making refugees their income generating project, they are abusing the right of refugees. they are arresting refugees there by asking the ammount of money to the minimum 20,000ksh. normally they were supposed to protect refugees but seen harassing refugees other than protecting them

  • JACK WARIDI
    December 23, 2012 @ 11:27:58AM

    WE ARE ALL BROTHERS. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES THAT THERE NO TRIBALISM NEXT TO GOD. LET'S PUT GOD FIRST EVERY DAY. LET'S REMEMBER LOVE IS EVERYTHING IN THE LIFE OF HUMAN BEING. WARIDI FROM TANZANIA.

  • mohamud cabdisiraad
    December 23, 2012 @ 08:04:48AM

    I see this journal as one of causes of increasing violence and problems in Eastleigh because it has started with the violence and the explosions.

  • Dahir
    December 23, 2012 @ 01:58:37AM

    That is the way of life for the minorities all over the world, minority in posture,minority in religion, minority in Language poor Somalis have no options other than two; 1- To accept humiliation from their Bantu Colonial Masters 2- To join Shabab and defend their right courageously.

  • p. rono
    December 22, 2012 @ 02:24:01AM

    In my opinion if any resident of Eastleigh cooperates with the police to give any information that he/she has regarding terrorists it will help to end the attacks. Because not all are terrorists but it is just a few and I believe that there are those who know those terrorists but they don't identify them to security officers. I request you to cooperate with the police for any information which will help eradicate terrorism and peace will return as in the past

  • mwega
    December 20, 2012 @ 04:56:49AM

    We deserve to live in peace as human beings because of dignity

  • samuel mabonga
    December 19, 2012 @ 03:21:59AM

    If we as leaders are reformed both in utterance, character, and making right descision, judgement/punishement. the entire society ll be out of any misconduct & tribalism. me i cant fight because a leader he is not God.Our grand fathers shade tears, blood, for freedom enough.Kenyans need GOD. behaving as if not learned.

  • abdifatah Ahmed Suubow
    December 18, 2012 @ 08:31:00AM

    This article can be said to be good.

  • peter koi
    December 17, 2012 @ 11:37:04PM

    My aim is to tell the public to register as voters so that they can elect a leader who deserves to lead Kenyans. Let us stop tribalism

  • William
    December 17, 2012 @ 02:51:17PM

    This is a religious problem, a clash between evil attacking GOOD. It is non sense to say people of difrent religions can co-exists together in peace if each person is a true beliver of his or her faith. Thus being said this problem will never end but grow worse unless some one compromises thier faith, and by compromising your faith it means you take up the other persons faith. Faith and religion have no compromise this are not politicaly correct or change with time. christains promote gay people, drink alchoool eat pork, are homosexuals ,prostitutes and go to prostitutes but all this is not allowed in thier religion. Why because they have compromised yet GOD has not compromised his standard so with a useless moral stand that compromises to all and the opposite extremist who exalt one principle and make it all. Unless men know who GOD is for themselves they will continue to do evil. Kenyas solution is repentance the entire country forsake all old sinful ways, shun all evil and accept Jesus as Lord then shall peace be for he is the only real LORD and GOD of peace. It is no use praying and holding prayers but not changing your own ways, after praying off to the bar, club disco all this evils have and are destroying our society and morals making each generation more wicked than the last. If you are angry with what i have wrighten it is because the truth always promts you to make a decission. I chalenge you to read the bible but before reading make a prayer to GOD to open ur mind

  • mina
    December 17, 2012 @ 01:00:48PM

    Somalis are Islamic jihadis who cannot be trusted inside Kenya. Thanks to the useless UNHCR Kenya is vulnerable due to the Dadaab camp for these ungrateful unconstructive good for nothing useless Jihadi muslims who are nothing but beggars & terrorists. if one takes a closer look at all the Muslim countries, there is nothing but war, famine, terror, murder & bombs. This is Islam. The sooer we in Kenya wake up & flush these roaches out the better for us. w are getting sik of these bomb blasts every other week.

  • hilda Casmiri
    December 16, 2012 @ 11:35:20AM

    Folks, tribalism is rampant in Kenya. Let us turn to God. Look at the blood of innocent people being shed

  • Hamza A. Nyelo
    December 16, 2012 @ 06:17:05AM

    Kenya is a very good country, even though at the moment the safety of the country and her people is in jeopardy. That is being caused by a few people who don't like Peace and Tranquility. Evil is an individual trait it does not matter one's color, ethnicity or religion. Anybody can experience crime, so I request the Kenyan police to be attentive in their work and to identify criminals without putting good people and criminals in one group.

  • albashir
    December 16, 2012 @ 05:10:37AM

    We are all Kenyans let us live together, we should also know that Somalis are Kenyans

  • Ezekiel
    December 15, 2012 @ 11:05:28PM

    I think it is a high time we asked the guys in the airbase assist with patrols in isili. Terrorists need to see some serious force for them to take off.

  • jenipher willium
    December 14, 2012 @ 10:51:30AM

    DOESN'T THE GOVERNMENT SEE?

  • maurice
    December 14, 2012 @ 09:18:34AM

    You somalian are compromising tht is why it shld b more on you.You hav trained our young boy to b terrorists.You hav information bt u dnt give coz u wil betray ua felow muslim.one day it wil turn on you.You r very much aware of alshabab movement so u shld let the gorvement do its work.Remember the word of God says tht everything u do in darkness will one time b revealed during the day.You hav killed somany christians n the innocent blood is on he who compromise so u shld stop this your nonsence demonstration as security cannot b compromised.

  • Floryne B Aina
    December 14, 2012 @ 05:34:08AM

    So unfortunate. Kenyans should rise above ethnicity.

  • YUSUF
    December 14, 2012 @ 05:33:00AM

    What I urge the Kenyan Govt. is to take serious action on this terrorist who are ruining our beloved country of Kenya & killing innocent people who are under age E.g the blast on St. polycarp church in juja road that is suggestionb to the Govt. of Kenya

  • Maryamrun
    December 13, 2012 @ 03:07:20AM

    Too bad for kenyans to kill somalis like this

  • kimani joseph
    December 12, 2012 @ 10:50:45PM

    Regardless of your origin or colour or tribe lets live as brothers ad sisters as we r all created in th image of God.lets shun violence ad expose law violaters

  • KEM KEM
    December 12, 2012 @ 08:59:49AM

    Let we kenyans Leave like chidren of one mother Bearing in mind that there is one GOD who is on our lookout and he never makes different of Tribalism.Lets fear GOD first B4 we Act and React.

  • Twaha A. Rashid
    December 10, 2012 @ 02:12:49AM

    Truly that incident is very distressing that a certain community lives in problems and accusations like a snake which has got into a house. Kenyans the sin of discrimination will destroy you correct yourselves.

  • Dayow
    December 5, 2012 @ 11:57:23PM

    It is sad and painful that a people who are citizens of a Country can be treated with constant suspicion by both the public and state agents. This is adding pepper into a burn wound and a painful reminder of the systematic and continued marginalization of the state of the people of Northern Kenya since independence. The incident that particuarly happened in Garissa and subsequent state collatoral punishment is nothing short of the 1984 Wagalla. Let us for now preach peace, rebuild our shops and try to salvage what is left of the massive looting by the security agents while we wait for the report of the finding of the Parliamentary Committe........ Dayow

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