Kenya’s violence a setback to talks

By February 1, 2008

Kenya (MNN) — Kenya's crisis talks are on hold, in light of another lawmaker's killing. It's the second killing of an opposition lawmaker in a week.

Protests have begun again throughout western Kenya, although police are using tear gas on the demonstrators. Once again, the familiar sight of road blockades and fires are lighting up the towns of Eldoret, Kericho and Kisumu.

The Kenya crisis talks were the first meeting between representatives of the two sides since the contested re-election results were posted at the end of December.

Meanwhile, over a quarter million refugees are still unable to return home. Food is scarce, and prices are skyrocketing. Many of the slum residents rely on daily labor to survive. Since things have been shut down due to the unrest, people haven't earned money to buy food. What money they do have won't stretch very far. Food prices in the slums have risen in recent weeks, and many people cannot afford to buy what they need.

In response, Global Aid Network sent 400,000 meals to be distributed through a partner ministry. Duane Zook, CEO of Global Aid Network says, "These meals are packaged especially for emergency conditions such as these facing Kenya right now. The food provided will not only help physically sustain people left homeless by this situation, but it will also allow our Kenyan partner ministries to give it in the name of Jesus Christ and open opportunities for outreach at a critical crossroad in the lives of individuals and at a critical time in this important African nation."

In addition, GAiN USA is sending other critically-needed aid, like clothing, new shoes, blankets, canned goods, and medical supplies. In serving, GAiN teams demonstrate the love of God through word and deed.

Funding is needed to keep up with the growing needs and demands of the refugees. For every dollar given, it provides $28 worth of life-sustaining food and other aid for Kenya and other countries in Africa. Click here if you can help.

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