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Mandera (SomaliMandheer) is the capital of Mandera County in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. It is situated at around 3°55′N 41°50′E, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.


Mandera is the capital of the Mandera District.

As a whole, it used to constitute one district in previous administrations, which is now divided into six sub-counties and Constituencies; namely,

  1. Mandera East which represents Mandera Town
  2. Mandera Central
  3. Mandera West
  4. Mandera North
  5. Banissa
  6. Elwak
  7. Lafey

The county occupies an area of 26,744 km2.

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Among the notable incident of Mandera history was the Rhamu Incident of the 1977 in which Somali military invaded Ethiopian defences from the Kenyan side in which a force of 1500 Somali soldiers attacked a border post, and killed 30 Kenyan police officers and soldiers. The Somali army successfully crossed into the Sidamo Region of Ethiopia in the so called Ogaden War.[3]


Most of Mandera’s inhabitants are ethnic Somali. Economic mainstay largely remains livestock trade.

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Mandera’s climate is categorized as arid under the Köppen climate classification. Temperatures tend to be hot throughout the year. Daily temperatures are typically above 30 °C (86 °F), while at night, they can fall to 20 °C (68 °F). Precipitation is extremely low, with the area receiving a minimal amount of rain. Droughts are not unusual, often resulting in significant loss of livestock in rural areas where pastoralism is common.

  • Mandera triangle for the border region disputed between Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, centered on the city of Mandera

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