News broadcaster Al Jazeera have produced a documentary about Kenya’s attempt to shield itself from the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab, by beginning construction of a 700km-long wall along its porous border with Somalia.
This ambitious project, stretching from Mandera in the north to Kiunga in the south, consists of brick walls, fences and observation posts. The aim being to lock out al-Qaeda-aligned fighters who have repeatedly crossed into Kenya to wage attacks.
Al-Shabaab claim Kenya is a target due to its military involvement in Somalia, and earlier this year, 148 people were murdered when gunmen stormed the Garissa University College, around 200km from the Somalia border .
In Kenya’s Enemy Within, Al Jazeera examine the government’s proposed border wall and whether it will help stop attacks on Kenyan soil.
Investigative journalist John Allan Namu speaks to people with direct access to the project, who say the plan is unfeasible and won’t enhance the country’s security.
The documentary claims that corruption among immigration officials, poor coordination with intelligence agencies and slow responses from the security forces have left Kenya unable to stem the attacks.
It also has exclusive access to al-Shabaab fighters in Kenya, and the documentary makers are that to them, the wall represents a futile effort to shut out the group and the biggest threat the country is facing is from within.
The documentary also hears from the Muslim community who say that constant harassment and intimidation at the hands of security forces, and scare-mongering by the government, are helping drive al-Shabab’s recruitment and creating the perfect breeding ground for the group.