“Ambiguous citizens”: Kenyan Somalis and the question of belonging

  title={“Ambiguous citizens”: Kenyan Somalis and the question of belonging},
  author={Tabea Scharrer},
  journal={Journal of Eastern African Studies},
  pages={494 - 513}
  • Tabea Scharrer
  • Published 16 June 2018
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies
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