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By Neal Sobania

Kenya, a land of safaris, wild animals, and Maasai warriors, completely represents Africa for plenty of Westerners. This peerless single-source booklet provides the modern truth of existence in Kenya, an enormous East-African kingdom that has served as a crossroads for peoples and cultures from Africa, the center East, and East Asia for hundreds of years.

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This was the desire of the European settler population to rule Kenya as “a white man’s country,” a claim they made on the basis that it would then enable them to be totally committed to building the country and its economy. As the settler population expanded, so too had the Asian community, and so too had the struggle between these two communities. Whether as railway worker, carpenter, smith, shopkeeper, general merchant, or newspaper founder, members of the Asian community held tenaciously to their customs and cultural traditions from India, including the establishment of their own schools, clinics, temples, and mosques.

Required to be paid in cash, these taxes forced men who came from societies that did not use money to enter the workforce and earn cash wages from the Europeans now occupying their land. Herding peoples were also required to pay these taxes, yet because they often moved their homes, they could more easily avoid the tax collectors. One early response to this tax dodge was to send soldiers to capture the young boys from herding groups and send them off to school. The hope was that with some education, these boys could be turned into effective tax collectors among their own people.

Clerks and bookkeepers followed the masons and carpenters, but the real impetus for the growth of this population was the construction of the Uganda Railway that began at the coast in 1895. First came those who leveled and smoothed the surface and raised the embankments. Those who built the bridges, bored the tunnels, and laid the track followed them. Then came the train drivers, firemen, stationmasters, and telegraphers who made the trains run. Well into the twentieth century, sons followed fathers and grandfathers onto the trains.

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