Country Profile


About Kenya


BACKGROUND: Kenya, the hub of East Africa, is politically and economically stable, and it is developing quickly. In eastern Kenya, 90 percent of the population is ethnically Somali.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Most Kenyans are Christian, with a growing population of Muslims.

PERSECUTOR: Islamic extremists are active mostly in the north and east, but their reach extends to Nairobi in the south. In the coastal areas, community members and local governments also persecute Christians. Pastors and evangelists who reach out to traditional tribal groups, like the Maasai, also experience persecution.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN KENYA: Christians cannot openly discuss their faith in areas with a Somali majority or areas near the northern border. If they do, they risk losing their family, job and community. There is a significant threat of violence against Christian converts in Somali areas. In eastern Kenya, al-Shabab terrorizes Christians, bombing churches and killing believers. In Muslim-majority areas along the coast, Christians are socially rejected. In Nairobi, churches commonly fear Christian converts from Islam.  

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Kenyans can get Bibles, but they are expensive. They are also often not available in the dialects of each region.

VOM WORK: VOM supports the widows of anti-Christian attacks. Our Bible distribution efforts focus on providing Bibles to children and those who speak minority dialects. We also conduct training for pastors and support victims of persecution.

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National Flag [ 국기 ]
Population [ 인구 ]
48,397,527 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Kikuyu
  • Luhya
  • Kalejin
  • Luo
  • Kamba
  • Somali
  • Kisii
  • Mijikenda
  • Meru
  • Turkana
  • Masai
  • Other
Note: 2014 est.
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Christian
  • Muslim
  • Traditionalists
  • Other
  • None
  • Unspecified
Note: Christian 83% (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other Christian 11.9%) (2009 est.)
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Uhuru KENYATTA (since 9 April 2013); Deputy President William RUTO (since 9 April 2013); Note – the president is both chief of state and head of government

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]
Presidential republic
Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law, and customary law; Judicial review in a new Supreme Court established pursuant to the new constitution
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

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