Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Kenya church fire kills 50 who fled mob

NAIROBI, Kenya - A mob torched a church sheltering hundreds of Kenyans fleeing election violence on Tuesday, killing as many as 50 people as the convulsion of bloodshed continued after the disputed vote that gave the president a second term.President Mwai Kibaki said political parties should meet immediately and publicly call for calm after rioting killed at least 263 people in what had been east Africa's most stable and prosperous democracy.The church fire in Eldoret, some 185 miles from the capital, killed at least 50 people, said a Red Cross volunteer who counted the bodies and helped the wounded.The European Union and the United States have refused to congratulate Kibaki. The EU and four top Kenyan elections officials have called for an independent inquiry."There was a huge mob; they attacked the church," said a witness, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals. "We counted 15 to 20 bodies."Two police officers, who were not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed that several people burned to death.In Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged talks between Kibaki, sworn into office for a second five-year term, and opposition leader Raila Odinga."The violence must be brought to an end," he said Tuesday in London.Allegations of rigging were fueled by the fact that the opposition won most of the parliamentary seats in Thursday's vote, as well as unexplained delays in vote tallying and anomalies that included a 115 percent turnout in one constituency.Opposition leaders set the stage for more turmoil by calling for a million people to rally Thursday against Kibaki, who had been trailing Odinga in early election results and opinion polls before pulling ahead.The government banned the demonstration but opposition leaders said they would forge ahead.The bloodshed has exposed tribal resentments that have long festered in Kenya, where Kibaki's Kikuyu people-Kenya's largest ethnic group-are accused of turning their dominance of politics and business to the detriment of others. Odinga is from the Luo tribe.Anne Njoki, a 28-year-old Kikuyu, said she fled her home in the slums after she saw Kikuyus being attacked and their homes looted. She was camped out near a military base with her sister, 3-year-old nephew and 7-year-old niece."They have taken our beds, blankets, even spoons," she said of the looters. The children hadn't eaten for days, she said.Kenya's Red Cross said gangs were even checking on the tribal affiliations of aid workers trying to help the injured.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080101/ap_on_re_af/kenya_elections
PS:Dear friends and visitors....Im truly sorry that the first post of this 2008 is this one depicting so muhc violence in Kenya...but I think it's a reminder for us all that satan knows he has little time before the coming of the Lord and he is unleashing all his hellish hatred and violence against the church wherever they are and trying to take as many millions as possible to the pits of hell where his place is....
Please remember the PERSECUTED CHURCH this year and daily pray and give to help our brothers and sisters all over the world that are hurt and suffering because of just being christians.....
God is Faithful....
May God bless you
In His Love


As in the days of Noah....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a shame the United States doesn't meddle in the affairs of other countries, we could probably help them. Oh wait, I meant the affairs of other countries that don't have oil.

pforde said...

You obviously know very little of life in Kenya. This act had nothing to do with the people being Christian and all to do with tribalism.

Get off your Christian bandwagon and report only the facts as they are.