Bad Ballot

In a tiny, airless room in the wrong part of downtown Nairobi, three men spend their days sitting on a single mattress behind curtains, iron bars and a door they have arranged to have padlocked on the outside. One, 29-year-old Ahmed, says the trio is hiding from Kenya's antiterrorism police, though he adds that their only crime is being Somali. For months now, police have been rounding up what the U.N. says will be an eventual 100,000 Somali refugees in Eastleigh — the dirt-road, Somali-dominated neighborhood in the east of the Kenyan capital — and trucking them to camps...

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