Kenya has launched a new railway line that would eventually stretch to South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dubbed the largest infrastructure since independence, much of the 3.8 billion euros needed for the line will come from China. A deal was struck in August between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The first section will cut the journey time between Mombasa and Nairobi from 15 hours to four and is scheduled to finish in 2017. It is also hoped the railway will steer traffic away from Mombasa which is one of the busiest ports in Africa.