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If we work together, we'll defeat Shabaab

War on terror is not a one day affair.

In Summary

•Restrictions and security is only top-notch at airports and seaports 

•The Nyumba Kumi initiative should not merely exist on paper.

Vehicles burn at the entrance of DusitD2 attack following a terror attack on January 15, 2019.
Vehicles burn at the entrance of DusitD2 attack following a terror attack on January 15, 2019.
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Sunday's attack on a military base in Manda, Lamu county, by al Shabab Islamist group is a warning shot that Kenya is once again a soft target after the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Kenya's association with the US and its presence in Somali have always placed it at risk of terror attacks.

The US Embassy attack, Westgate, Dusit 2 quickly come to mind as acts of revenge against Kenya.

 

Terrorists do not engage in conventional warfare but thrive on surprise attacks.

Kenya's border is porous and entry is almost unfettered.

Restrictions and security are only felt at airports and seaports but it remains easy to come in by road.

A month rarely passes without reports of foreigners caught in Nairobi or other major towns without proper documentation.

Officials are compromised to turn a blind eye not knowing that those coming in could be on a suicide mission.

Entry into Tanzania is not easy and you will hardly make it to the capital Dar es Salaam if your papers are not in order.

The Nyumba Kumi initiative also works so well that a foreigner sticks out like a sore thumb.

 

We must all be each other's keeper to deal with the ever-changing terror tactics.

Quote of the Day: “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.”

Maria Montessori

The educator opened her first (Montessori) school (in Rome) on January 6, 1907