In bid to counter al-Shabab, Kenya tightens noose on aid efforts for Somalis

A member of the Kenya Defense Forces at the airport in Kismayo, Somalia. The city was liberated from al-Shabab by the combined forces of the Kenyan and Somali military in October 2012. Kenya has recently launched a number of initiatives meant to protect the country’s borders against the terrorist group. Photo by: Tobin Jones / AU-UN IST / Albany Associates / CC BY-NC-ND

In just a month, Kenya seemed to have intensified efforts to protect its borders and bolster counterterrorism efforts against al-Shabab. In doing so, however, it has impeded the work of many humanitarian and development organizations delivering aid to thousands of Somalis within and outside Kenya’s borders.

On April 2, gunmen affiliated with al-Shabab attacked Garissa University College in northern Kenya, killing more than 140 students and teachers.

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