The Nubian community in Kenya is a diverse and resilient group of people who have faced a long and difficult history. They were first brought to Kenya by the British colonial government in the late 19th century to serve in the East African Rifles. After independence in 1963, many Nubians were denied Kenyan citizenship and were forced to live as stateless people.
In recent years, the Nubian community has made significant progress in their struggle for recognition and equality. In 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled that Kenya had violated the Nubians’ rights by denying them citizenship. In 2023, the Kenyan government issued a community land title to the Nubian community for 288 acres of land in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi.
Despite these gains, the Nubian community continues to face discrimination and marginalization. They are often denied access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. They are also subject to violence and harassment from other communities.