Kenya’s riots impact church

By January 3, 2008

Kenya (MNN) — Next, Assist News Service is reporting 30 people burned to death inside a church on New Year's Day. They were seeking refuge in the Assemblies of God church from a post-election riot in Eldoret, in western Kenya.  

The violence seems to be escalating into a tribal warfare between the Kikuyu and the Luo. The death toll from four days of clashes has passed 300. Most of the victims were members of the Kikuyu tribe to which newly re-elected President Mwai Kibaki belongs.

According to a Reuters report, thousands have taken refuge in churches and police stations across Eldoret town, prompting a humanitarian crisis as food and water run short. However, with the attack on the church, some were leaving, fearing that even the church could no longer keep them safe.

Police estimate that roughly 75,000 Kenyans have fled their homes. Some have fled into the neighboring countries of Uganda and Tanzania. 

Please pray for the safety of those who are acting as the hands and feet of Christ during this uncertain time. Pray that hearts would respond to the peace of Christ.

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