Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

Perhaps the trickiest moment for Kenyan security will come when Pope Francis visits Kangemi, a congested, tin-roofed slum on the outskirts of Nairobi that is home to some 200,000 peopleSecurity forces are readying for Pope Francis’ three-nation Africa tour this week amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence, with authorities insisting the pontiff’s trip can pass off peacefully. The five-day visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR), which have significant Catholic communities but have been troubled by civil conflicts and violence, has led to increased security concerns. Authorities plan to deploy around 10,000 police in the capitals of Kenya and Uganda during the pope’s visit, which will include giant open-air masses.

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