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Abducted Aid Worker and Inaction by Government of Kenya: A Tale of State Numbness

It is about 3 weeks since a foreign aid worker  - Silvia Romano, an Italian national - volunteering with Africa Milele Onlus, the small Italian charity working with local communities in Kilifi County  was abducted (most likely by Al Shabaab) on the Kenyan coast. To date the government of Kenya remains tight-lipped over the incident. Nobody knows the status and progress (if any) of the so called joint rescue mission (if any is going on anyway) despite the abduction being an incident with far reaching security and economic implications. Here is the thing: the abducted lady is an Italian national; Malindi the place where the abduction happened is the most preferred destination for Italian tourists who visit Kenya. Now. The same government that is mute about this matter, leave alone whether or not it is able or willing to pursue it, actually holds data which shows that tourism contributed Ksh. 770 billion representing 9.7% of GDP in 2017. The same government projects a 5.5% growth in earnings from tourism in the current year (2018). Inaction about the abduction only shows a government so numb as to feel when its own interests are at jeopardy.


Abducted Aid Worker and Inaction by Government of Kenya: A Tale of State Numbness  Abducted Aid Worker and Inaction by Government of Kenya: A Tale of State Numbness Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on December 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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