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Suffering in silence: counter-productivity of Kenya’s ‘war on terror’ at the Kenya coast

orcid-imageHussein Abdullahi Mahmoudemail-imageHussein Abdullahi Mahmoud

Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at the United States International University (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Mahmoud is a development anthropologist and has been involved in research and training in the Horn of Africa since mid-1990s. He has conducted research in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, marginalized populations and communities divided by borders focusing on pastoralism, pastoral livelihood systems, borderlands land politics and territoriality, conflict dynamics, migration and displacement, and citizenship and violent extremism. ;

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Abstract

This article examines the detrimental effects of Kenya’s wide-ranging policies, strategies and tactics of waging the war on terror at the Kenya coast. The ‘war’ is waged through police-related killings and enforced disappearances and is becoming counterproductive as it is contributing to a loss of citizenship rights for an increasing segment of the population. These grievances are rarely portrayed in the public sphere but continue to manifest in the suffering of families, livelihood losses, increased stigmatisation and, most importantly, through violation of the citizenship rights of widows and their orphaned children. Using interview data from the Kenya coast, the article attempts to shift beyond perceiving women and young people as perpetrators of violence to seeing them as silent victims of the war on terror. The article analyses these dynamics from community and civil society perspectives. It contributes to the emerging literature on women and violent extremism by examining the silent suffering of widows and their children, who often are neither seen nor heard.

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citizenship rightswidowsyouthviolencewar on terrorKenya coast
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Published on: 22 June 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 1
Article ID: 063
Pages:63 - 82
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Mahmoud (2023), ' Suffering in silence: counter-productivity of Kenya’s ‘war on terror’ at the Kenya coast ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 1): 063 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s1.063

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Suffering in silence: counter-productivity of Kenya’s ‘war on terror’ at the Kenya coast

orcid-imageHussein Abdullahi Mahmoudemail-imageHussein Abdullahi Mahmoud

Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at the United States International University (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Mahmoud is a development anthropologist and has been involved in research and training in the Horn of Africa since mid-1990s. He has conducted research in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, marginalized populations and communities divided by borders focusing on pastoralism, pastoral livelihood systems, borderlands land politics and territoriality, conflict dynamics, migration and displacement, and citizenship and violent extremism. ;

email-image hamahmoud@usiu.ac.ke