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Kenya, state in East Africa, on the Indian Ocean, with a surface area of 582,650 km2. 70% of the country is threatened by drought, while the coastal and upland areas are watered by the southeastern monsoons and relief rainfall. The population (approx. 30 million) is composed of members of the following ethnic groups: Kikuyu (22%), Luhya (14%), Luo (13%), Kalenyin (12%), Kamba (11%), Kisii (6%), Meru (6%), other African groups (15%) and non-Africans (Asiatics, Europeans, Arabs, 1%). About 26% of the inhabitants are adherents of traditional religion, 7% are Musli…

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Ward, Kevin, “Kenya”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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