Inside Kenya

How many people: About 32 million. More than 40 percent of Kenyans are kids younger than 15.

How big is it: About 225,000 square miles, smaller than Texas.

Capital: Nairobi, Kenya's largest city.

Language: Swahili and English are the official languages. But many more, like Alex's tribal language, are spoken.

Economy: While less than 10 percent of the land can be used to grow crops, about 75 percent of Kenyans earn their living by farming. Droughts and flooding cause problems for farmers, many of whom are quite poor. Tourism is another big business, with people coming for safaris to see the country's wildlife.

Television: Kenya has 22 televisions for every 1,000 people. (There are 84 TVs for every 100 people in the United States.)

Fun facts: Nairobi National Park, home to zebras, lions, cheetahs, rhinos and lots of other wild animals, is within the boundaries of Kenya's capital city. Kenya is home to the world record holder in the marathon. Paul Tergat ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes 55 seconds in September 2003. He did this despite taking a wrong turn during the race.

Kenya is home to some very fast runners, including marathon record-holder

Paul Tergat.