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Kenya is a former British colony that obtained independence in 1963. After post-electoral violence in 2007-2008, the country seems to have recovered a certain level of stability, despite the terrorist threat in the east, near the Somalian border.
In spite of the country’s economic growth there are still substantial levels of poverty and inequality. Half the population lives below the poverty line. Over one in two inhabitants has to live on less than one dollar a day. Conditions for people with disabilities remain precarious, notably in terms of education, health, prevention, and sexual violence.
Kibera, one of the largest African shanty towns, is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi (over one million inhabitants in an area of 256 hectares, with no water or electricity). Kenya is one of the ten African countries the worst hit by the AIDS virus (400 deaths per day).
The country also has a sizeable refugee population, which is mainly concentrated in the north-east region.
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