Censo controvertido en Kenia

Una keniana con su indumentaria tradicional
Image caption Algunos creen que el censo no debería preguntar sobre la etnicidad.

Controversial census in Kenya

The first national census since 1999 is taking place in Kenya. It is controversial because it asks Kenyans which tribe they belong to. Some feel this goes against efforts to heal wounds following last year's post-election ethnic violence.

Reporter: Will Ross

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"Which tribe are you?" That's the question which has made the census in Kenya controversial. Tribal divisions are deeply rooted in Kenyan society and many people are proud of their tribe. But after last year's inter-tribal violence in which more than one thousand people were killed, there are those who feel the ethnicity question should have been dropped as part of the effort to promote national healing. Some people say they will simply answer, "I am a Kenyan." The government says all the questions are intended to help the authorities to plan better.

Kenyans may have been encouraged to stay at home and be counted but one of the toughest challenges facing the census officials will be finding Kenya's nomadic pastoralists. Due to an ongoing drought they are travelling further, even crossing international borders.

Will Ross, BBC News, Nairobi

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tribe tribu


are deeply rootedmuy arraigadas inter-tribal violence violencia entre distintas tribus the ethnicity question should have been droppedno debería haber la pregunta sobre etnicidad (en el censo) to promote national healingpara promover una solución pacífica the authoritieslas autoridades (gubernamentales)

be counted(en este caso) incluidos en el censo

nomadic pastoralistsnómadas que viven de la tierra

an ongoing drought una actual sequía (prolongada)