Pope Francis landed in Kenya’s capital Nairobi Wednesday on the first leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with huge crowds, choirs and dancers waiting to greet him. The flags of both Kenya and the Vatican flew from the airplane’s cockpit as it taxied to a stop, where Francis was met by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a red carpet welcome.
Francis, who will also visit Uganda and troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip, smiled and waved as he emerged from the airplane, and was greeted with cheers from excited crowds as he stepped onto Kenyan soil. The pope is expected to call for the need to address inequality to ensure peace and end conflict.
On a trip fraught with security concerns, thousands of police and troops have been deployed with key roads closed in the capital Nairobi, to ensure the pontiff’s visit is peaceful. Al-Qaeda’s East Africa branch, the Shebab, have launched a string of attacks against Kenya because they have troops deployed in Somalia. Read more