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ICC Note:  As President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, security concerns over recent al-Shabaab attacks and counter-terrorism will likely be a major focus as Obama speaks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Al-Shabaab has claimed the lives of countless Kenyans in the last six years, often specifically targeting Christians.  In 2015, the U.S. provided $40 million dollars for Kenya’s counterterrorism and security forces amidst increasing al-Shabaab attacks.  The U.S. currently aids Kenyan security by targeting and drone-striking al-Shabaab terrorists. On April 2, 2015, al-Shabaab gunmen attacked Garissa University College in the country’s northeast, brutally slaughtering 148 people, separating Christians from Muslims and letting Muslims go free.

By Arden Farhi

7/24/15, Nairobi, Kenya (CBS News) – President Obama on Friday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, the birthplace of his father and a country he views as a strategic economic and security partner for the United States.

On a five-day tour through East Africa, the president will split his time between Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The trip marks Mr. Obama’s first visit to either country as president and the fourth time he has traveled to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office — the most of any sitting president.

Kenya holds personal significance for the president, who chronicled his first trip there, and his search for identity, as a 26-year-old in his memoir “Dreams from My Father.”

Barack Obama Sr., the president’s late father, grew up in Kogelo, a village in western Kenya near Lake Victoria. The president visited the village as a senator in 2006, but has no plans to return on this trip.

“Visiting Kenya as a private citizen is probably more meaningful to me than visiting as president, because I can actually get outside of a hotel room or a conference center,” the president said at a news conference last week. “Just the logistics of visiting a place are always tough as President, but it’s obviously symbolically important.”

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