U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

Chancery, built in 2003.

Chancery, built in 2003.

Chancery, built in 2003.

Chancery, built in 2003.

Chancery, built in 2003.

Chancery, built in 2003.

Overview

The United States recognized Kenya when it gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, opening an embassy in Nairobi the next year. However, on August 7, 1998 a terrorist truck bomb reduced the concrete embassy building to a shell, killing roughly 290 people and wounding as many as 5,000. A simultaneous attack struck the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Both incidents were claimed by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda as its first major terror attacks. In the aftermath the United States embarked on a building and renovation program to make its embassies safer, upgrading security on both chanceries and residences significantly. In Kenya a new U.S. Embassy—north of downtown and set back from the street—was completed in 2003.

Embassy Activities:

  • Funding a new dam, a reforestation program, and other improvements at the Kayo Fungo World Heritage Site
  • Aiding the African Development Foundation’s Turkana Food Security Program to provide economic development assistance to the people of Kenya’s Turkana District
  • Supporting the Global Health Initiative in Kenya to protect women, infants, and children from preventable, treatable health conditions and reducing illness and death from neglected tropical diseases
  • Helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through PEPFAR programs
  • Fostering exchange programs for U.S. and Kenyan students, researchers, academics, businesspeople, and professionals

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