A case for liberal policies towards the Somali

A couple are allowed through a security checkpoint as they come to deliver identification documents in a bid to secure the release of a relative being held at the Kasarani football stadium in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on April 8, 2014, where people of mainly Somali ethnicity rounded up during a police swoop in the city's Somali district of Eastleigh are being held. AFP PHOTO/ TONY KARUMBA

What you need to know:

  • Indiscriminate violence produces an upsurge in support for the state’s opponents.
  • The Kenyan security forces need information to be passed to them voluntarily by members of the Somali community.

As the current security crackdown gets ever more indiscriminate, lessons from history and political science should give the government pause for thought about the efficacy of its security policies.

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