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Profile : Kenya

Region: Africa
Capital: Nairobi
Population: 46,790,758
Area: 582 646
GDP per capita: $1200.00
Religions: Protestant 47.7%, Roman Catholic 23.4%, Muslim 11.2%
Languages: English and Swahili. There are 61 languages/dialects spoken.


Kenya gained independence in 1963 and the stability that followed led to a period of economic growth until 1976. Recession, corruption and foreign debt eroded this. A severe drought from 1999 to 2000 compounded Kenya's problems, causing water and energy rationing and reducing agricultural output.

About half the population live below the poverty line and the nation's capital has a huge population of slum dwellers. Over 60,000 children live on the streets of Nairobi. Additionally tremendous influx of Somalian refugees now inhabits camps along the two countries' border.

The country has suffered from extended droughts, claims of corruption, and clashes with Somalian militias. HIV/AIDS is also a major problem, with 14% of the Kenyan population infected.

There is full freedom of religion in Kenya and much of the population professes to be Christian. Kenya has 36% or 13 million Evangelicals, nearly equal to the number in Europe and the highest proportion in Africa. However, nominalism is a problem and though 80% of Kenyans are 'Christian' only 12% of the population goes to church.


Prayer Points

  • Pray for Kenyan Christians to be motivated by the love of Christ as they reach out to others with the gospel




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