header HomePlacesMapsMap Products & ServicesHotels & TravelDestination GuidesWeb DirectoryContact

Military & Transnational Issues

Flag of Kenya
Click to enlarge

Kenya Page

Other pages in this profile of Kenya:
Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
Kenyan Army, Kenyan Navy, Kenyan Air Force (2007)
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age (est.) for voluntary service, with a 9-year obligation (2007)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 9,044,685
females age 16-49: 8,805,736 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 5,688,259
females age 16-49: 5,396,166 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
2.8% (2006)
Disputes - international
Kenya served as an important mediator in brokering Sudan's north-south separation in February 2005; Kenya provides shelter to almost a quarter of a million refugees, including Ugandans who flee across the border periodically to seek protection from Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels; Kenya works hard to prevent the clan and militia fighting in Somalia from spreading across the border, which has long been open to nomadic pastoralists; the boundary that separates Kenya's and Sudan's sovereignty is unclear in the "Ilemi Triangle," which Kenya has administered since colonial times
Refugees and internally displaced persons
refugees (country of origin): 173,702 (Somalia); 73,004 (Sudan); 16,428 (Ethiopia)
IDPs: 250,000-400,000 (2007 post-election violence; KANU attacks on opposition tribal groups in 1990s) (2007)
Illicit drugs
widespread harvesting of small plots of marijuana; transit country for South Asian heroin destined for Europe and North America; Indian methaqualone also transits on way to South Africa; significant potential for money-laundering activity given the country's status as a regional financial center; massive corruption, and relatively high levels of narcotics-associated activities

Web sitesatlas.com