Keren Weitzberg

Keren Weitzberg is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also affiliated with the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.

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We Do Not Have Borders · Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya
By Keren Weitzberg

Though often associated with foreigners and refugees, many Somalis have lived in Kenya for generations, in many cases since long before the founding of the country. Despite their long residency, foreign and state officials and Kenyan citizens often perceive the Somali population to be a dangerous and alien presence in the country, and charges of civil and human rights abuses have mounted against them in recent years.

“At a time when Kenyan politics is ever more xenophobic, when thousands of Somalis are being rounded up, incarcerated, and screened as enemies of the state, this book could not be more timely. It is meaningful for all interested in the historical configuration of African politics, and should be read widely by historians, political scientists, and policymakers.”

Christopher Clapham, author of The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay