An outlook of Kenya's history and geography
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Kenya is bordered by Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. The country has incredible topographical diversity, including mountains with snow-capped peaks, the Rift Valley with its scarps and volcanoes, flat desert landscapes and coral reefs and islets on the Indian Ocean coast. Kenya is Africa's premier safari destination and the Mara is the jewel in the crown. The Masai Mara has abundant wildlife in a relatively small area. Kenya is a diverse country though; away from the safari parks, there are regions where your holiday home is surrounded by forest and beautiful fauna. And for those looking for a more cosmopolitan holiday rental, there are areas full of business centers and urban luxuries.
Kenya is also diverse culturally, containing a rich mosaic of ethnic groups and languages, mixed with European and Asian influences. While the majority of Kenyans earn a living through agriculture, other industries include consumer goods manufacturing, oil refining, and tourism. Kenya is the world's third largest exporter of tea, which, together with coffee and horticultural products, contributed about 53% of total merchandise exports in 2002. Agriculture makes up 19% of GDP, industry 18% and services 62.6%. Kenya is located in the eastern part of Africa. It has an area of about 150,000 square kilometers.
Kenya is mature for investment in IT industries and related services. Such investment would take advantage of the huge pool of IT experts and professionals in this country who are globally competitive. Kenya is revered by anthropologists as the "cradle of humanity." Visitors may be surprised by the stark contrasts of the Kenyan landscape. From the towering, 5199 meter high Mt. Kenya is already witnessing the meeting disappearance of the glaciers on Mt. The country relies on water supplies from Mt.
Kenya is one of the first beneficiaries of "Operation Monogram," the British government's counter-terrorism training and equipment foreign assistance program, because it shares a border with war-torn Somalia and because of its own experience of terrorist attacks. Research by Human Rights Watch has now provided hard evidence of abuses by Kenyan security forces that received British training. Kenya is the biggest supplier of students from East Africa attending UK universities. More private schools are entering the market and offer an international curriculum, which includes A-levels and IB (International Baccalaureate), with many students aiming for study opportunities abroad. Kenya is named after a mountain of the same name. The Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt Kenya referred to it as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning 'mountain of whiteness' because of its snow capped peak.
Kenya is also moving strongly into industrial agricultural production. Foreign investment and sales focus on relatively new sectors such as cut flowers, selected green vegetables and pharmaceutical crops, and there is interest in diversification into new and alternative plantation crops that show potential. Kenya is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and some of the best wildlife areas in the world. Our Kenyan safaris offer tremendous game viewing opportunities and make use of quality accommodation, comfortable transport and knowledgeable local staff. Kenya is planning to quickly expanding its geothermal capacity, and neighbouring Rift Valley countries up to Djibouti are examining their own potential. As technology improves and costs fall, solar will also enter the mix.
Kenya is Africa's biggest producer of tea and the fourth in the world. They grow cows, coats and sheep. Kenya is even more in focus today with the possibility that Senator Barack Obama, whose father came from Kenya, could be the next U.S. Obama's ascendancy has generated interest in his roots, from people in the U.S. Kenya is not a homogenous country ethnicity wise. The make-up of Kenyans is primarily that of 13 ethnic groups with an additional 27 smaller groups.
Kenya is a truly magnificent African country with its vast wildlife national reserves, awesome landscapes, beautiful beaches and friendly countrymen. Kenyans are very proud of their country, and are known to be very welcoming and warm people. Kenya is a large country (582,646 km�) where the from the coast on the Indian Ocean the Low plains rise to central highlands. The highlands are bisected by the Great Rift Valley; a fertile plateau in the east. Kenya is situated right along the equator, on the eastern coast of the African continent. Its coastal region is on the southeast, and to the east lies Somalia.
Kenya is usually described by the media as a strategic ally, whose stability is vital to U.S. That is pretty much overblown hype. Kenya is widely seen as a frontline state against the Islamist extremism smoldering across the Horn of Africa. Few expect the Shabaab to make good on its threats to march en masse across the border. Kenya is an independent national youth-led non-governmental organisation committed to the empowerment of young people in Kenya to take active responsibility for their lives to shape their destiny. Founded in late 1998 and registered as a community-based organisation in 1999 then a national NGO in December 2003, Youth Alive!
Kenya is located in a region known as East Africa. It lies on the equator and borders Lake Victoria to the west and the Indian Ocean on the east. Kenya is stuck in a dangerous stalemate, with no point of agreement between Mwai Kibaki, who has claimed presidency in the recent contested election, and his opponent, Raila Odinga, from which to start negotiations on power-sharing. The country is bracing itself this week, when the newly elected MPs are due to take their seats, and there are fears fisticuffs could break out in parliament. Kenya is not Rwanda, and reports of a "majority" and "minority" tribe engaged in a struggle to the death are widely off the mark. In reality, all of Kenya's leaders know that in order to govern the country they must put together a coalition of interest groups from many regions.
Kenya is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), and is required by the VCCR to ask any detained American citizen if he/she would like the U.S. Embassy to be notified and to notify the U.S.
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