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Kenya Facts

Score: 61 / 100
Region: Africa
Persecution Type: Islamic Oppression
Persecution Level: Very High
Population: 50,951,000
Christians: 41,650,000
Main Religion: Christianity
Government: Presidential Republic
Leader: President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

Profile of Persecution

Violence 50%
Church Life 69%
National Life 50%
Community Life 60%
Family Life 63%
Private Life 70%

Government seeks to eliminate Christianity

Inspired by Islamic radicals in Somalia, Muslim politicians have made it their agenda to eliminate Christianity in Kenya. Officials often demand churches do things that are not in line with their faith, while militants viciously carry out suicide bomb attacks and other brutal acts of Christian persecution against those considered to be the enemies of Islam. Due to corruption inside the government agencies, those operating against Christians tragically often enjoy impunity.

How Christians are suffering

Although all Christian communities are affected by persecution, those who convert to Christianity from the Muslim faith face constant threat of attack from even their closest relatives. This year, Christians were attacked in their village and forced to flee. Reportedly, the Islamic fundamentalist group al-Shabaab has infiltrated some locales to spy on Christians. Organized corruption and crime are also a serious problem. Biased officials often fail to confront violence against Christians.

Examples

In some parts of the northeastern and coastal regions, Christians are often ostracized and denied access to community resources. For example, in February 2018, three Christian staff were killed by fundamentalist militants at a primary school outside of Somalia.

In September, two people were killed for failing to recite the Islamic statement of faith when militants, believed to belong to the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, attacked their bus in eastern Kenya.

In October, two Christian school teachers were killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants in Kenya’s Mandera County.

 

Pray for Kenya

  • Pray for believers whose risk being attacked by their own family members and neighbors if their conversion is revealed.
  • Pray the government will keep their vows to bring perpetrators of violence against Christians to justice.
  • Pray that God would intervene in the fundamentalist group known as al-Shabaab who drive much of the persecution in this country.
  • Pray for Christian leaders who knowingly take on great risk to operate churches or share their faith.

Stories from Kenya

June 24, 2018

10 of the Top Persecutors of Christians Around the World Today

Christian persecution is on the rise and these are some of the worst offenders around the world.

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January 10, 2018

215 Million Believers Face Persecution for Their Faith in Christ

The release of the 2018 World Watch List confirms what we've seen and shared over the past year. Our brothers…

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September 15, 2017

Brutal Attacks in Kenya Near Somalia Border

A group of around 30 heavily armed men in military gear, suspected to be al-Shabaab militants, killed three men in…

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