Kenya team charts its own path in Kenya crisis

By January 30, 2008

Kenya (MNN)– Kenyan military helicopters opened fire Tuesday above fighting ethnic groups in Naivasha, a western Rift Valley town.

It's the latest effort to quell riots and ethnic clashes that have been flaring up across the country since the December 27 presidential elections. Opposition leader Raila Odinga claims he was robbed of the presidency. President Mwai Kibaki, meanwhile, has wasted little time in establishing his government, much to the ire of his challengers.

Nearly a hundred more died in fresh clashes this week as the murder of an opposition lawmaker sparked new chaos. Revenge attacks and police crackdowns this week have pushed the overall death toll to more than 900.

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee asked their staff in Eldoret to leave when the violence was at its worst earlier this month. Teams were cautiously heading back in to assess the needs of people who are still without shelter and other necessities. 

Relief thus far, provided in conjunction with other faith-based organizations in Kibera, has included distribution of maize, flour, beans, water, sanitary towels, and plates.

Because CRWRC has worked for many years in Kenya, it is in a position to play a role in providing long-term relief. Andrew Ryskamp, CRWRC U.S. Executive Director, says that effort could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars before affected communities can return to building their capacity and developing local resources. 

CRWRC has five full-time staff in Kenya. Pray for their safety as they respond to the needs with the love of Christ.

CRWRC has set up a relief fund earmarked for Kenya's aid. Click here if you can help.


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