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Kenyan-Americans: Where are they?

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An estimated 80,000 immigrants from Kenya resided in the United States. Almost 10,000 Kenyan immigrants to the U.S. reported both their parents as Somali-born. Thus, about 10 percent of Kenyan-born immigrants are likely the children of refugees from Somalia, according to survey by Migration Policy Institute prepared for the Rockefeller-Aspen Diaspora Program.

Kenya has large refugee camps in which Somali and other populations have resided for years.

The size of the Kenyan immigrant population in the United States is small but growing. In 1980, the United States was home to fewer than 10,000 immigrants from Kenya, a time when immigrants from Africa constituted only 1.4 percent of the country’s total immi-grant population. In 2012, the immigrant share from Africa was 4.2 percent.

In the same timeframe, the Kenyan immigrant population grew almost eight-fold from the small 1980 baseline. The Kenyan-born population, along with those from Ethiopia and Nigeria, belong to a rapidly growing cohort of African immigrants in the United States.

About one-third of immigrants from Kenya arrived before 2000 (33 percent) and two-
thirds arrived after 2000 (67 percent). A relatively small share of Kenyan immigrants was U.S. citizens at the time of the survey
(35 percent), the lowest naturalization rate of the five groups in the RAD analysis ─ reflecting the recent arrival of the majority of the Kenyan immigrant population.

Most Kenyan immigrants were working age (77 percent). The remainder was almost en-
tirely under age 18 (20 percent).

Second Generation (U.S.-born with at least one Kenyan immigrant parent)

An estimated 25,000 U.S.-born individuals had at least one parent who was born in Kenya, making it the smallest second generation group.

The majority of second-generation individuals reported that both their parents immigrated to the United States from Kenya (60 percent). Another 28 percent of this population had one parent who was U.S.-born.

Almost all members of the Kenyan second-generation immigrant population were under
age 18 (92 percent).

Immigrants from Kenya were widely distributed across the United States. By state, the largest population of Kenyan immigrants lived in Texas and California, with about more than 10,000 in each.

The largest population of Kenyan immigrants in the United States by metropolitan area lived in Dallas, where approximately 8,000 Kenyan immigrants resided. Other major population centers for this immigrant population included the Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York,
Seattle, Atlanta, Washington, and Boston metropolitan areas.

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting baby No. 3

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The Meta CEO announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their third child, a girl, accordig to Business Insider Africa.

“Lots of love,” Zuckerberg wrote in an Instagram post, accompanied by a selfie of Chan and him. “Happy to share that Max and August are getting a new baby sister next year!”

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Zuckerberg and Chan, who are college sweethearts, have been married since 2012 their wedding day was one day after Facebook’s initial public offering. Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta in 2021.

Their oldest daughter, Max (short for Maxima) was born in 2015, and on the day the couple announced her birth, they also unveiled their philanthropic fund, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The fund is backed by Zuckerberg’s Meta fortune and aims to cure the world’s diseases during their daughter’s lifetime.

The couple’s second daughter, August, was born in 2017. Prior to her birth, Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave. (Meta offers four months of leave to all new parents.)

Zuckerberg was previously one one of the world’s richest people, but his net worth has taken a beating this year. Though he started 2022 with a $125 billion fortune, it’s since nosedived $70 billion, or about 55%, following Facebook’s rebrand to Meta and the company’s first-ever drop in user numbers this year. Zuckerberg is currently the 20th-richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.

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Why would Americans rather drive their car for days than take the train?

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In the USA, taking a train is more complicated than flying or driving. Train stations are in shady neighborhoods where you don’t want to walk or park your car. In Europe and Asia, the stations are in the center and you can hop on the Metro train from the main train station.

Further, in the USA, freight rail takes the right-of-way, so your train may be delayed 12 hours or so. It’s not convenient. It’s more of an ‘experience’ to take the train than a convenience.

 

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Somalia hosts its first public film screening in 30 years

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After more than 30 years, Somalia has hosted its first public film screen, a sign of hope for the Horn of Africa nation that has been battling armed group like al Shabab for three decades.

Two short films by Somali director Ibrahim CM were shown at the National Theatre in the capital Mogadishu, where heavy security was in place, the BBC reported.

The theatre has been a suicide bomb target and a base for warlords.

Theatre director Abdikadir Abdi Yusuf said it was a “historic night for the Somali people”.

It shows how hopes have been revived… after so many years of challenges,” he told the AFP news agency.

“It’s a platform that provides an opportunity to… Somali songwriters, storytellers, movie directors and actors to present their talent openly,” he added.

Filmgoers paid $10 (£7) to watch the two films, Hoos and Date from Hell. They had to pass through several checkpoints in order to reach the heavily-guarded green zone, which houses the theatre as well as the presidential palace and the parliament.

“I used to watch concerts, dramas, pop shows, folk dances and movies in the national theatre during the good old days,” one attendee, Osman Yusuf Osman, told AFP.

“It makes me feel bad when I see Mogadishu lacking the nightlife it once had. But this is a good start.”

Another expressed concerns about safety.

Hakimo Mohamed said she was a schoolgirl when she and her friends went to the theatre to watch concerts and dramas.

“People used to go out during the night and stay back late if they wished – but now, I don’t think it is so safe,” she said.

The theatre was built by Chinese engineers as a gift from China’s leader Mao Zedong in 1967. It was seen as an important driver for Somalia’s cultural development in the 1970s and 80s.

It closed in 1991 at the start of the civil war, and was used as a base for warlords fighting over the capital. The theatre fell into disrepair as a result.

When it reopened in 2012 – after repairs carried out by the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) – the building was immediately blown up by al-Shabab militants who considered live entertainment and films to be morally corrupt.

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