Kenya: One hundred years of solitude and sufferance

Published: 25/Aug/2010
Source: The Standard (Nairobi)
By Antony Gitonga

You probably haven’t heard about them, although they have been in our midst for over 100 years.

They are the Isahakia, named after the Isaq clan in Somaliland, from whence they came.

Presently, there are over 10,000 members third and fourth generations of the Isakhakia in Kenya, but they claim they have been treated like foreigners.

They say they have moved from the Government office to another to pursue their land and other citizenship rights.
The first group of the Isakhakia arrived in Kenya as porters, guards and gun-bearers for Hugh Cholmondeley, the 3rd Baron Delamere in 1890s.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2010