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Why East African countries are vulnerable to terrorists

A week after the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi The East African published an indepth story on why East African countries are vulnerable to terrorists.
The article uses a timeline and a map to show the magnitude of the problem from a historical perspective.

At a glance a reader can see when, where, and how many people were killed or injured in Kenya and in the neighboring five countries during terrorism attacks.
The colorful map and guiding arrows draw the reader into the story.

The data, which is sourced from various sources, reveal that a high spending on security and a smaller ratio of police to population does not necessarily result in fewer attacks. Using a table the story compares how Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda rank in combating terrorism. The table includes the police to population ratio, anti-terror units, anti-terror laws, security budget and the impact of terrorism. Kenya which spends the highest amount on security in East Africa and has the best police to population ratio has been hardest hit by terrorism in the region.

But the graphic designer could have used more creative charts rather than a table to present the data and a more creative timeline.

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