"President Barack Obama is not just heading to his father's homeland, but to a hotbed of terror."
This was the opening line of a CNN report published earlier this week, a story about how the president may be in danger if Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group behind recent attacks at Kenyan schools and shopping malls, happens to make a move while he's in town this week. After getting a lot of heat for that sentence and related headline, both were updated by CNN to stress that the threat of danger was a regional thing, not just in Kenya.
The story was met by a mix of stirring reactions by the people of Kenya on social media via the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN: anger at these harsh words towards their beautiful country, declarations of double-standards and how the U.S. is much more dangerous than Kenya, and our favorite, hilarious GIFs and photosshowing off beautiful city views of Nairobi, portraits of the people who live there smiling, and raunchy jokes about how Kenyan men are the only reason there are "hotbeds" in the country. One photo shows a majestic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a giraffe in front of it—the caption: "OMG! A Terrorist! Spotted in the #hotbedofterror."
Here at Budget Travel, we believe in always being prepared and recommend checking the U.S. Department of State website for the latest travel warnings and alerts before traveling to another country, any country, not just Kenya. That being said, we hope that crazy clickbait-style stories and sensationalized news reports won't stop you from taking the trip of a lifetime. Kenya is home to the beautiful natural landscapes, Mt. Kilimanjaro, thriving cities like Nairobi, and some of the kindest, warm-hearted people you'll ever meet. It's also the perfect place to take that affordable safari trip you've been dreaming of.
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