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March 10, 2010

Scenes from Kenya

Kenya remains one of Africa's most developed countries, but has been dealt several setbacks in the past few years. Political and tribal conflicts, unstable neighbors (Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia), and a crushing drought last year have left much of Kenya on hold, trying to regain recent momentum. The tourist trade has begun to pick up, nearly returning to the record levels - $810 million dollars earned in 2009. Several government plans are in motion to retain and rebuild the economy, including a massive translocation project to move zebras and wildebeest into lion territory - hopefully alleviating lion attacks on livestock in the drought-affected area. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs from Kenya. (40 photos total)

In this photo taken on Wednesday Nov. 4, 2009 Salad Dahir stands in Dadaab, eastern Kenya. Salad Dahir claims he was recruited into mercenary forces trained by the Kenyan army. Thousands of people, including children, are being secretly recruited and trained inside Kenya to battle Islamic insurgents in neighboring Somalia, according to deserters, local officials, families of recruits and diplomats. Most recruits are Somalis living in crowded refugee camps and Kenyan nationals who are ethnic Somalis living nearby. Kenyan Defense Ministry spokesman Bogita Ongeri denied a secret militia is being formed or that the military was involved in any recruitment or training. (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)

Fresh snow covered Mount Kilimanjaro seen at sunrise from Ambuseli game reserve in Kenya, May 04, 2008. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) #

Passengers ride atop overloaded carriages of a commuter train in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 5, 2010. Public transport in Kenya's main cities was paralyzed for days following a strike by matatu (minibus) drivers and conductors on allegations of extortion and corruption by police. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

Pink flamingos wade through Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 160km (99 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, December 18, 2009. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

A young boy from the remote Turkana tribe in Northern Kenya plays to the camera as villagers wait their turn to see if they will be selected for food aid by other villagers at Kokuru on November 9, 2009 near Lodwar, Kenya. The villagers themselves decide which family gets food in a democratic voting process. Selected villagers usually give food to those that lose out as there is never enough to go round. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Residents of Kibera search for survivors and bodies from the wreckage of a cargo train after it derailed near residential areas in the Kenyan capital, on December 21, 2009, killing several people. The train, which carried cooking oil, slammed into passers-by who were walking beside the track when it derailed. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A hippopotamus stands in a mucky pool to cool its body from a prolonged drought at Tsavo West national park, southeast of Kenya's capital Nairobi, October 9, 2009. Successive failed rain seasons in Kenya have led to a drought that experts say is the worst in the country since 1996. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

Training shoes belonging to young Kenyan athletes are piled up at the entrance to a boarding facility at Kiptenden Success Runners Club based in Kericho district. The club was closed down by the national sports regulating body Athletics Kenya, AK after reports of sexual abuse, an action which has laid bare the level of exploitation facing many Kenyan youth getting into athletics to escape poverty. (Aileen Kimutai/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young boy from the Turkana tribe stands on a dried up riverbed on November 9, 2009 near Lodwar, Kenya. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

A member of the Turkana tribe drinks water from a nearly empty well on November 9, 2009 near Lodwar, Kenya. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Stefano De Luigi, a VII Network for Le Monde Magazine photographer based in Italy, won the second prize in the Contemporary Issues Singles category of the World Press Photo Contest 2010 for this photograph of a giraffe killed by drought in northeast Kenya. (REUTERS/Stefano De Luigi/VII Network/Le Monde Magazine) #

Somali Kenyan boys sit with wooden tablets with verses of the Quran in a Madrasa in the settlement of Dela in northern Kenya near the Somali border on Oct. 22, 2009. The traditional way of life for Kenya's roughly three million nomads is rapidly giving way under the pressures of increasingly severe and frequent droughts, coupled with a rapidly rising population. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

Athletes start their race on February 20, 2010 during the Kenya National cross country championships 12km men's race in Nairobi's Uhuru gardens. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

An elephant grazes at the Ol Pejeta wildlife conservancy near Nanyuki town, 350 km (217 miles) north of the capital Nairobi, on the slopes of Mount Kenya on January 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis) #

A soccer fan carries his rooster painted in the colours of the Kenyan national flag at the Nyayo Stadium during a public viewing of the FIFA World Cup trophy in the capital Nairobi, November 14, 2009, during its tour that takes in all 54 African countries ahead of the 2010 event to be held in South Africa. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis) #

This Oct. 22, 2009 photo shows a Somali Kenyan woman laughing as she holds her baby in the settlement of Dela in northern Kenya near the Somali border. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

World and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt holds a cheetah cub at the headquarters of the Kenyan Wildlife Service in Nairobi on November 2, 2009. The triple Olympic and world sprint champion in both the 100 and 200 meters events arrived in the land of long-distance running on October 30, ahead of the launch of an environmental charity campaign to preserve local ecosystems. The cub was named Lightning Bolt. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japanese artist, Yoshinari Nishio (bottom center) walks next a patchwork of donated clothes that he and others had sewn together in Kibera, Kenya on January 12, 2010. Nishio created a world wide project called the "Overall Project" where donated used clothes are sewn in cooperation with local residents to create art works and shapes that formalize historical memories of the town. In this case, the shape of a steam engine. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman sorts through a heap of garbage at the Dandora dumping site among other people, cattle, pigs and storks, in Nairobi on December 10, 2009. The dumping site was declared full and a health hazard for the neighboring population in 2001 but chemical, hospital, industrial, agricultural and domestic waste are still dumped here and left unprocessed. Local communities and their partners started a campaign called "Stop Dumping Death On Us. We have the Right to Live Too", aimed at opening a dialogue with the institutional actors who can solve this problem. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Masai warrior uses dark glasses to gaze up at the sun during the annular solar eclipse as seen from Lolgorian in south western Kenya on January 15, 2010. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Beer bottles roll on a conveyor belt at the East African Breweries Ruaraka factory in Kenya's capital Nairobi, February 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

Riot policemen beat a Muslim demonstrator near the Jamia Mosque in Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 15, 2010. Kenyan security forces shot in the air and fired tear gas at hundreds of people protesting in the capital on Friday against the detention of Jamaican cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 9, 2010, two silverback jackals are seen in the grass in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

A Turkana woman walks in a village outside Kakuma Refugee camp in Northwestern Kenya, March 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Frank Nyakairu) #

A street kid holding a bottle of glue looks around a corner as police and hawkers clash in Nairobi, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, during a protest after the hawker's illegal street side shops were demolished by the authorities. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

Women from the Turkana tribe of Northern Kenya wait to see if they will be selected for food aid by other villagers at Kokuru. Water and food aid is being provided by Oxfam, and is being distributed through relief centers in the region. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Wild Zebras stand in a container to be loaded onto waiting trucks by Kenya Wildlife Service officers, KWS, at Soysambu conservancy in Nakuru, Kenya for their translocation to Amboseli national park on February 10, 2010. Kenyan game rangers began rounding up thousands of zebras to be moved to a reserve where starving lions have been attacking livestock. The spectacular nationwide operation, launched in Soysambu conservancy is due to last until the end of the month in what will go down as one of Africa's largest animal translocations yet. KWS aims to move some 7,000 animals in all, 4,000 zebra and 3,000 wildebeest. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A resident of Nairobi's Korogocho slum, learns the rudiments of martial arts in order to survive in one of Kenya's most dangerous shanty towns on January 30, 2010. This self-defense group started in 2007 as way of fighting back at the young bandits of Korogocho who started raping women three or four times their age. "Every time the boys make a robbery, they will ask the grandmas to sleep with them. Young men believe that young girls are all infected with Aids, so they'd rather go to the old ones, because they know that we don't have any more partners," explains Mary Wangui, 73, one of the oldest pupils, now a teacher. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kenyan fisherman attempt to remove fishing hooks from the jaw of a shark on January 24, 2010 in the coastal town of Mombasa. Lately, every time Kenyan fishermen go out at sea in the Indian Ocean, they bring back at least 200 kilos more than normal. Since Somali pirates started operating in the Indian Ocean in 2007, industrial fishing boats are avoiding the zone, apparently leaving more to local fishermen. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Ogiek man holds arrows used for hunting in the Mau Forest near Nakuru, Kenya on Nov. 6, 2009. Kenyan officials are gearing up to evict thousands from the Mau Forest, the Ogiek people's ancestral home and a critical water source. (Tim Freccia/The New York Times) #

A hyena cools itself in mucky waters on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley on December 18, 2009. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya) #

Kenyan Wildlife wardens keep a watch on confiscated elephant tusks at the Kenyan wildlife offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Interpol says African wildlife authorities seized nearly 1,700 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of illegal elephant ivory in recent a six-nation operation. The Kenya Wildlife Service said it had arrested 65 people during the operation. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi) #

A picture taken on November 21, 2009 shows Kenyan athletes during a morning run at Iten township, near Eldoret, approximately 400 kilometres northwest of Nairobi. Increasingly gaining fame as the 'running capital of the world', Iten is the cradle of long and middle distance running in the region. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Somali women carry their babies as they wait behind barbed wire at a supplementary feeding centre run by NGO GTZ in Ifo Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya on November 4, 2009. Dadaab is Africa's biggest refugee camp, home to over 250,000 people who have fled ongoing conflict in Somalia. (KATE HOLT/AFP/Getty Images) #

A baby baboon clings to its mother, with the receding shore of lake Nakuru in Kenya in the background on October 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi) #

U.S. tennis star Serena Williams laughs during her visit to the Serena Williams Wee Secondary School in Emali, east of Kenya's capital Nairobi February 23, 2010. Williams was in Kenya to tour her humanitarian projects. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis) #

A female lion is seen in Masai Mara National Park in Kenya on September 25, 2009. Kenyan wildlife officials say the country's 2,000 lions are at grave risk because of recurrent drought and a pesticide that conservationists blame for 76 poisoning deaths of the predator since 2001. (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale) #

A mother dresses her baby after he was examined by doctors in order to receive a new vaccine at the Walter Reed Project Research Center in Kombewa in Western Kenya on October 30, 2009. A new vaccine being tested here is giving the medical community hope that for the first time it will soon be able to reduce by half the number of African children killed by the mosquito-borne disease every year. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

A Turkana woman watches over her children on November 9, 2009 near Lodwar, Kenya. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

A giraffe stands tall in the dry plains of Tsavo West National Park, in southern Kenya on August 20, 2009. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) #

 
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