Mandera curfew lifted for Ramadan

Mandera from the sky
Mandera from the sky

The latest travel update issued by the British Government updates expats and visitors about the latest situation in Mandera.

For the duration of Ramadan, the Kenyan government have lifted the curfew which was put in place on 27 October last year for a twelve hour period from 6:30pm.

They have also announced that they will be boosting security operations in the area to “provide support” during this period.

Latest update: Summary – the Kenyan government introduced a curfew in Mandera County on 27 October 2016 for the hours 6:30pm to 6:30am; this was lifted on 26 May 2017 for the duration of the Holy Month of Ramadan; the security agencies have advised they will boost their operations in the area to provide support during this period.

Over the weekend, the UK’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, released a message to the country’s Muslim community for Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.