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Kenyans Rally Online As Nairobi Hit By Violent Attack

Kenyans are focused on a terrorist attack in Nairobi's upscale Westlands area that recalls the deadly 2013 Westgate Mall Siege

"It's happening again." That was the sentiment on social media today as reports emerged that gunshots and explosions had been heard coming from the DusitD2 Hotel compound in Nairobi's upscale Westlands district. The attack began at 3pm local time and witnesses at the scene have described to Reuters images of carnage and destruction. The Somali insurgent group Al Shabab is reported to have, once again, taken responsibility for the attack.

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A Rastafarian Girl Was Banned from School in Kenya Because of Her Locks

Her father is now suing the school for discrimination.

A Kenyan school is under fire for turning a young girl away from school because of her hair.

Makeda Ndinda, a Rastafarian student who wears her hair in locks, says she was forced to pick between "hair or books" by the deputy principal of Olympic High School in Kibera when she showed up for class wearing hear hair in a wrap. She was told that only Muslim students were allowed to cover their hair.

The 15-year-old student told Kenya newspaper, The Standard, that the deputy principal sent her home, saying her locks were not acceptable and that she should wear her hair like other pupils instead.

Her family had reportedly already paid for her tuition in full and supplied her books when she was turned away. Ndinda's father, John Mwendwa, has expressed his disappointment and believes she is being discriminated against due to her Rastafarian faith. According to Kenyan outlet Citizen TV, he is taking legal action against the schools' board.

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According to The Standard, there are no laws in the constitution that regulate dress codes on the basis of religion of for any other reason in Kenya. Instead, schools have a mandate to respect religious views and practices.

Folks have been reacting to the story on Twitter, with some pointing out the negative perceptions around people who wear locks in the country.




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Kenyan Student Carilton Maina Fatally Shot by the Police

Activists and citizens are demanding justice for Maina

Kenyans have been calling for justice for Carilton Maina, a young student who was fatally shot by the police.

On December 21, Maina was returning home from watching football in Line Saba, Kibera when he was killed by the police. Maina was a 23-yr old student at Leeds university who was back in Kenya visiting his family for Christmas. He was also known for giving a TEDx talk in 2016 about poverty and violence. In the talk, he critiqued class dynamics, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems in Kenya and globally. He had also spoken about the potential power for education to take people out of poverty.

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