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Roughly everything you need to know about Obama’s trip to Kenya

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. AP

The first-ever sitting U.S. president arrived in Kenya today. He also happens to be the son of a Kenyan economist. President Obama makes a triumphant return home and sets foot on the continent where his regard remains high despite paying it little attention.

There are a host of issues at hand during the trip to Kenya and nearby Ethiopia over the next few days. It means big preparations from the host countries and focus on a part of the world often overlooked by U.S. media. To bottle up all the attention and make some sense out of what Obama is doing during his visit and what analysts think of the meetings, I put together a Storify organizing everything from the efforts to grow grass in a matter of days to warnings about human rights violations in Ethiopia.

I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but there are always stories and issues that fall through the cracks. Please let me know what is missing as I will continue to update this over the next few days.

U.S. President Obama is scheduled to visit Kenya from July 24 to 26. He is the first sitting president to visit the East African nation, and it is especially meaningful given that his father was Kenyan. Here is a rundown of the issues at hand, analyses of the visit and all else.


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]