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A travel advisory appeared in a Kenyan newspaper this week warning Africans visiting the United States to be aware of ongoing police brutality in light of the fatal police shooting of Alfred Olango, an unarmed, 38-year-old Ugandan immigrant who came to the U.S. as a child refugee, on Sept. 27. The advisory was circulated widely on social media and reported by local media, but it isn’t a real warning from the African Union. Rather, it is the work of Kenyan political cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, better known as Gado, and it is meant to be a spoof on the many travel warnings Western countries have placed on African countries.
It’s funny because many African countries go through those travel advisories—issued by mostly by Europe and US, all the time. I think most Africans relate to the Black Lives Matter movement, because they face police brutality all the time and have been fighting against it all along,” Gado says.
In some ways, Africans can identify with the frustration black Americans feel toward their police. Forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by police in Kenya prompted local demonstrationsin July. Kenyans are five times as likely to be killed by police than by an armed robber. So far this year, Kenyan police have killed 122 citizens, almost one every other day.
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