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anonymous WHAT IS HAPPENING IN KENYA? January 31, 2008 5:39 AM


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anonymous  January 31, 2008 5:47 AM

IT'S difficult to explain what is happening in Kenya or why it is happening. What I seem to be understanding from the news is this. There are several tribes in Kenya. Some of this tribes do not get along with each other.
A month ago there was an election, and some of the tribes weren't happy with the results of the election. There were accusations of corruption in the electives and fraud, which brought about protests, and that esculated into violence by one tribe. Innocent people were hurt, and another tribe  retaliated. Ethnic cleansing has resulted in at least one city and other tribes are taking sides with the one tribe or the other. Jesus is truly needed in Kenya.
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anonymous  January 31, 2008 5:48 AM

At an African Union summit in neighboring Ethiopia, chairman Alpha Konare said, "Kenya is a country that was a hope for the continent. Today, if you look at Kenya you see violence on the streets. We are even talking about ethnic cleansing, We are even talking about genocide. We cannot sit with our hands folded."

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki listened from the front row. Opposition leader Raila Odinga's party rejects Kibaki's Dec. 27 re-election as flawed, tried to prevent him from attending and appealed to the 52-nation bloc not to recognize him. The international community and international and local observers agree that Kibaki's razor-thin victory came because of a rigged vote tally.

In Nairobi, six negotiators — three representing Kibaki and three representing Odinga — were meeting under the mediation of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"The mood is serious. They can feel the weight of the nation on their shoulders," said a spokesman for Annan, Nasser Ega-Musa.

Odinga has said he wants a new election, while Kibaki has made clear he will not negotiate his position as president.

Annan has said it could take a month to resolve the immediate dispute over the election and a year to map out a plan for dealing with decades-old ethnic animosities and land disputes underlying the violence.

Much of the violence has pitted other tribes, including Odinga's Luo, against Kibaki's Kikuyu people. Kikuyus, Kenya's largest ethnic group, have long been resented for their dominance of Kenya's economy and politics.

Hundreds of Kikuyus have been killed, and members of the group account for more than half of the 300,000 chased from their homes, most in the Rift Valley.

Human rights groups and others accuse politicians of orchestrating some of the violence.

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, said Wednesday that she believed the month of violence has descended into ethnic cleansing.

Frazer said she did not consider the killings genocide.

Quotes from the news!

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anonymous  January 31, 2008 5:55 AM

YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT IT IS LIKE IN KENYA AT THE MOMENT. It must be very frightening for there are many innocent people caught in the middle of this warfare. There are are pastors and Christians who are afraid and are  not taking sides but rather hoping that they are not caught in the crossfire. They are afraid for their congregations, and for their lives. Our brothers and sisters in Kenya really need our prayer.
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anonymous  February 22, 2008 5:10 AM

Continue to pray for those in Kenya-pray for the country and people as a whole and for our Christian brothers and sisters there! "Communities that have lived side by side, picking flowers or working in tea estates for generations, have been ripped apart and are joining a flood of Kenyans criss-crossing their country in their tens of thousands."
Quote from the Associated Press
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anonymous  February 29, 2008 8:34 AM

Dear Church:

Blessings and thank you for your Kenyan prayers. I received three emails from pastors and one missionary in Kenya late last night and they were rejoicing. The two warring factions have reached an agreement to share power and institute reforms in Kenya. There is temporary peace and the Church in Kenya wants to thank all those who prayed for this peace. God answered this quickly.

Blessings and many thanks to all of you. I love you – Kathi

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anonymous  March 27, 2008 2:16 PM

APRIL 13-17.



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anonymous  June 25, 2008 3:09 AM

The Associated Press interviewed some of the children in a detention center, brought in by a human rights advocate without the knowledge of government officials or the military. The children have been held since April on charges of promoting warlike activities. Their identities and location are withheld to protect them from reprisals.

In March, the Kenyan government sent its army to crack down on the Sabaot Land Defense Force militia, which is named after the Sabaot region. But instead of hunting down militia fighters where they hide in the forests of Mount Elgon, the army swept up thousands of men and boys from the surrounding villages.

Since then, so many reports of murder and torture have emerged that Kenya's state-run human rights commission is calling for the prosecution of the defense minister and top army and police officials. There are also calls for the United States and Britain to suspend millions of dollars in aid and training to the Kenyan army.

The U.S. has asked for $7.45 million (euro4.7 million) for "peace and security" purposes for Kenya in 2009. Britain is providing more than $1.96 million this year to fight terrorism and has allocated $7.83 million for regional security initiatives based in Kenya.

Representatives of both governments in Kenya told The Associated Press they are deeply concerned over the reports of abuses and are calling on the Kenyan government to investigate. But the Kenyan government says the army has received no complaints.

The militia in Mount Elgon formed because of land conflicts, the same issue that fueled violence in Kenya after disputed elections in December. Squatters who had farmed the same fields since they were children were evicted in a government land scheme, and the rich grabbed plots set aside for the landless.

The militia flourished in the thick forests of Mount Elgon, where 166,000 people live in poor villages next to a dormant volcano. Some families encouraged children to join in the hope of securing land in the 370-square-mile (950-square-kilometer) district. Others were given a stark choice: pay the militia up to 50,000 Kenyan shillings (US$830, euro525) — far beyond the reach of most — donate their son, or die.

One 15-year-old joined last year to protect his family after the militia killed his uncle.

"They shot him in front of me," the boy said. "He was begging for his life on his knees."

He spent two months in the forests and learned to shoot alongside eight other children. He saw a boy forced to kill his own father. He fled with a 10-year-old when the militia began producing victims for reluctant recruits to kill.

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