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Kenya clashes down, but tensions high

ICC Note

”The mediation talks taking place are very, very crucial. Depending on how they go, that will determine to the large extent whether we get a permanent sense of calm or not.”

7 February, 2008 Kenya (MNN) ― More than 1,000 people have been killed in Kenya in what many are now calling ethnic violence. It was all sparked by a flawed presidential election just after Christmas and has forced ministry in many areas to be put on hold.

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Muisyo says Compassion’s work has definitely been affected by the crisis. ”In terms of the regular programming, it is on hold on a number of projects — currently 24 projects that we haven’t been able to resume with our normal operations. The rest of the projects in the country are operating well. We have 200 or so projects that have not been affected.”

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While yesterday was a day of calm, it doesn’t mean the country has turned the corner. Muisyo says everyone’s waiting. ”The mediation talks taking place are very, very crucial. Depending on how they go, that will determine to the large extent whether we get a permanent sense of calm or not.”

Muisyo says even though there’s still a lot of tension, the church has a great opportunity for ministry. ”Of course the message of the Gospel is very, very relevant, but I’m also talking in terms of reconciliation because neighbor went after neighbor. And so the church becomes very, very pivotal in bringing about local reconciliation, which of course will be part of the national reconciliation.”

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