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Kenya is on the East Coast of Africa. The equator also runs through the middle of Kenya. Kenya’s coastal area is a hot and humid tropical region. It has beautiful sandy beaches, lagoons, and swamps. It also has patches of rainforest that line the coast. Inland, vast plains stretch over about three fourths of Kenya. Its extremely dry climate and generally poor soil only support scattered plant life. But a highland in the southwest receives enough rainfall and has fertile soil to support extensive farming.
Kenya has a republic. It adopted a Constitution in 1963 that granted its people the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Kenyan citizens 18 years or older have the right to vote. In Kenya they have a president who is assisted by twenty cabinet ministers. The president serves terms that last up to five years at a time.
Kenya has a population of about 29 million people. Kenya is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, about three and one/fourth percent each year. About three/fourths of Kenyans live in rural areas. The other one /fourth live in the urban areas. Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city with about 1,162,000 people. 99% of Kenya is made up of black Africans. The other population groups in order of size, are Asian Indians, Europeans, British, and Arabs. Kenya’s black Africans belong to about 40 different ethnic groups. The largest is the Kikuyu, four others are the Kalejin, Kamba, Luhya, and Luo. Many people in Kenya speak Swahili. Most educated Kenyans also know English.
Most Kenyans live in small houses with thatched roofs and walls that are made out of mud on small farm settlements raising crops and livestock for a living. Some Kenyan farmers hold part time jobs for extra income. Some of the jobs that they work are blacksmiths, carpenters, shoemakers, tailors, or in other trades. Some go and work on large estates that have coffee and tea plantations. They rely on their livestock and crops for food most of the time. Some Kenyans move to the city and work for stores, factories, and businesses.
Kenya has three distinct regions on its land. They are the tropical coastal area, a generally dry plain area, and a fertile highland.
The coastal area is narrow strip of land along the Indian Ocean. The region has beautiful beaches, lagoons, mangrove swamps, cashew trees, coconut palms, and a few small rainforests. It is humid a
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