Following the massacre of 64 non-Muslims, a majority of whom were Christians, in northern Kenya by al-Shabaab militants, Churches are reaching out to Muslim communities, asking them to promote peace and to publicly condemn violence perpetrated by the radical Islamic insurgency.
12/12/2014 Kenya (Agenzia Fides) – “We want to see a deliberate and concerted effort by our Muslim brothers and sisters. They (Muslim leaders) must move merely beyond condemning the spate of attacks targeting non-Muslims to initiating practical steps to the sympathisers of terror and helping us to build bridges between faiths and communities”, say the Christian leaders of Kenya in a joint statement entitled “The State of The Nation”.
According to CISA and CANAA Catholic agencies, the statement submitted to the press on December 10, was signed by Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist religious leaders and African Inland Church.
Christian leaders claim to have “reflected deeply with heavy hearts” on various issues of national concern after the recent attacks carried out by Al Shabaab Somali fundamentalists. “The attacks, which initially targeted Christian places of worship in Nairobi, Garissa and Mombasa, are now directly targeting innocent Christians in public transport and their places of work” said the statement, referring to the recent massacre of 2 November and 2 December in Mandera County (north-eastern Kenya), in which more than 60 people were killed on the basis of their religious affiliation (see Fides 24 November and 2 December 2014).