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Kenya: Christians Want Greater Protection from Al-Shabab

Kenya is 80% Christian, including over 600,000 Orthodox Christians. 

The website Orthodox Christian Initiative for Africa offers regular news on the Orthodox Church in Kenya and all over the continent.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Kenya, see here.

“Christians in Kenya Want Greater Protection from Al-Shabab,” International Christian Concern, November 29, 2023:

11/29/2023 Kenya (International Christian Concern) — In Lamu West Sub County, a tragic incident unfolded on Saturday night as suspected al-Shabab terrorists attacked Marafa and Poromoko villages, resulting in the loss of one life and the destruction of nine homes.

According to eyewitnesses in Marafa, the heavily armed assailants fatally shot their victim, prompting residents to call for enhanced government security measures. The authorities say they are committed to protecting the community and are investigating.

“We are asking the residents of Marafa and Poromoko to remain calm and vigilant as we work round the clock to restore order and enhance security,” said authorities. “Our forces are in hot pursuit for the attackers, and we hope to bring them to book immediately.”

Francis Mwai, the brother-in-law of the deceased, expressed deep concern over the prevailing security situation.

“The security in this area is highly alarming,” said Mwai. “Despite immediate police notification after the incident began at 7 pm yesterday, lives were lost, and properties were destroyed. When the Minister for Internal Security comes to check the situation of insecurity, instead of him going to the affected area, he goes to the security camp and the adjacent areas where there are no reported security issues. He should visit the actual scenes and get to see and feel what we feel.”

Another resident, Daniel, shared the devastating impact from the attack, saying, “All of his goats and chickens were slaughtered, his house reduced to ashes, along with three motorbikes and other valuable possessions. The destruction is comprehensive, leaving nearly nothing of significance behind.”

Expressing dissatisfaction with the treatment of Christian men in the community, resident Virginia Mwangi said, “These perpetrators seem to possess numerous knowledge about our community, identifying inhabited homesteads and discerning the presence or absence of men. Such familiarity undermines our ability to live in peace, particularly with the men in our community.” …

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