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Kirk repeats call for end to bloodshed in Kenya

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“When they share with us their stories of a minister’s wife burned to death in the manse, of a church elder being murdered by an angry mob, it brings home to us the tragic reality of the current situation.”

Friday, January 25, 2008 Kenya (Christian Today)-The Church of Scotland again added its voice to those of religious leaders in Kenya in calling for an end to the violence and bloodshed which erupted in the aftermath of the disputed December 27 presidential election.

Speaking on Thursday, World Mission Council Convener the Rev Colin Renwick said: “We have been deeply shaken to hear from our Kenya partner, the 3-million strong Presbyterian Church of East Africa, of the devastating impact it has suffered over the past three weeks.

“When they share with us their stories of a minister’s wife burned to death in the manse, of a church elder being murdered by an angry mob, it brings home to us the tragic reality of the current situation.

“The Church has had to close three Presbyteries because all the church members have fled from those areas.”

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He also came out in support of the forum’s call for the establishment of a truth, justice and reconciliation commission to address the issues underlying the conflict sparked by the election, including ethnic, economic, and social and justice concerns.

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