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Continued Prayers Needed For Town Attacked In Kenya

June 17, 2014 by Open Doors in

Kenyan Family Please join with us in praying for the Christian-majority town of Mpekitoni in Kenya, which was brutally attacked on Sunday… On Sunday, gunmen attacked the Christian-majority town of Mpekitoni in Lamu county. After hijacking vehicles from the nearby town, they raided the Mpekitoni police station before attacking the town. Witnesses told media they could hear gunfire and had seen multiple bodies in the street. The attack sent locals fleeing into the forest. Local Open Doors staff says that two vans full of militia attacked the main police station, disabled communication, took guns, overran the police and then moved on into the town shooting and killing all they found walking around. “They torched building, including banks, hotels and gas stations,” shares an Open Doors staff member. “They then went to nearby homes, and pulled out men and killed them. They left the women and children unharmed, but burned down their houses.” The attack began at 8:30, and lasted about five hours. Open Doors contacts in Mpekitoni spent the night in the Bush, but were in touch with local staff throughout the night. Almost all Christians fled into the surrounding forests, and spent the night there with their families. Pastors now have to see if all their members are accounted for. The Open Doors contacts say many are traumatized. The Mpeketoni population is about 90% Christian, surrounded by various Somali ethnic (Muslim) communities, such as the Orma and Borana. Kenya ranks 43rd on the Open Doors World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution. To learn more about what life is like for Christians in Kenya, click here. (http://www.worldwatchlist.us/world-watch-list-countries/kenya/)

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7 responses to “Continued Prayers Needed For Town Attacked In Kenya”

  1. The question to ask here is, are the documents she used genuine and valid? If yes, she deserves to be assisted. If no, we should not encourage illegality by whatever means or through any excuse. No sentiments.

    • How does a person leave their country when the officials of that country would rather see you dead and refuse to give the “genuine and valid” paperwork necessary. Should these people just be allowed to be murdered?

      • She should have been smuggled out by the concerned people, rather than exposing herself or being exposed by those that know such things are bound to happen. Afterall, thousands leave their countries illegally. Her attempt to leave legally with “forged” documents is a deliberate affront to the government.

        • The documents were not forged. THey are saying she should use her Muslim name, the one they say she had at birth that she has NEVER used. THis way they can murder her if she uses it because they will claim she is admitting to being Muslim. HER LIFE is an affront to the government because she is a christian. That’s all.They want her dead.

          • While consenting to your genuine concern, I want to believe that it is not proper to insist that she use the name at birth provided there was “name change” as demamded by the country’s laws. If that would have jeopardize her, she should have just silently sneaked out of the country to avoid the brouhaha associated with the legal components of her leaving the country. I just want to say that each case and situation should be treated on its own merit as situation dictates.

          • While consenting to your genuine concern, I want to believe that it is not proper to insist that she use the name at birth provided there was “name change” as demanded by the country’s laws. If that would have jeopardize her, she should have just silently sneaked out of the country to avoid the brouhaha associated with the legal components of her leaving the country. I just want to say that each case and situation should be treated on its own merit as situation dictates.

  2. The paperwork in all probability was valid. The Sudanese are lying — again — and using this as a pretext to keep her and her children — most especially the children.

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