n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The challenges the youth of Northeastern Kenya face : a historical analysis

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


Despite that young people constitute a sizeable percentage of Africa's total population, there has been little research into how their different socio-political and economic experiences affect their futures and also shape their identities and attitudes. Scholarly analysis has considered African youth as a single category, assuming that they have had similar colonial and postcolonial experiences; they might also share similar worldviews. This paper is a departure from this simplistic approach. Drawing on colonial and postcolonial experiences, the aim of this paper is to examine the impact of this history on the youth of northeastern Kenya. Specifically, the essay will illustrate how the dual identities of religion and ethnicity have been used by regimes not only to demarcate the youth but to deny them access to necessary resources. This state-driven marginalization has imposed a particular, mostly negative, set of consequences on the youth.

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