Chaos After the Kenya Election

January 03, 2008

Lawless Thugs Create Turmoil: Rioting, Murdering Innocent Citizens, Plundering, Burning Homes, Churches and Businesses

Once again indigenous missionaries are standing by, ready to bring help to the needy and the gospel to the desperate. But they cannot do it alone.

This report came to Christian Aid:

Riots and violence erupted throughout Kenya soon after incumbent president Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the December 27th presidential election. Opposition challenger, Raila Odinga, claimed the poll was rigged in Kibaki´s favor.

Because of this, hundreds have been killed and more than 250,000 displaced. Dead bodies litter the streets. As of January 3, thousands of Kenyans have fled to Uganda.

Kenya is known to be one of a very few stable countries in Africa. It is a highly popular tourist destination. This destabilization of its government has caused widespread destruction of lives and property.

We desperately need your prayers. The Kenya situation is getting worse every day, as many innocent lives are being lost – children and mothers and fathers killed; many houses, shops and stores have been reduced to ashes.

Two of our churches in Eldoret and 15 of our churches in Mt. Elgon are severely affected. Many members of these churches are homeless. We are trying to help them with a few resources, but we need more support to help.

We are afraid to stay in the house, so we have taken the children and are sleeping outside in the bush. Shops have been looted and burned. There is no place to get food.

Women and children from our churches, and even our neighbors, are seeking refuge in the church compound. A man came with his children to escape the dead bodies all around his home. The only thing that saved him was that someone knew he is a pastor -- otherwise he would be dead.

There is no transportation to town, except by bicycle -- a five-hour trip. Only three food stores are still open here in our town, but the prices of commodities have doubled. Many roads are closed, and there is no fuel available for sale.

Yesterday, more than 50 were killed in a church in Eldoret, where they had sought refuge. Violence is all over the country among all 42 tribes. We are afraid that we may have lost our family and church members.

Missionary Andrew is in the church with no food. The food store for our children´s center here was broken into last night, and everything was stolen. We need help to replace that food (at a very high cost) to continue to help the children and others who have come to us. We do not have phone cards, so we cannot use the telephone. I am emailing you from one open communication center – it is near the bank, where there is very tight security.

We need your prayers at this critical time. Most of our churches in western Kenya and Mt. Elgon are really affected. Four missionaries and their families cannot be found after one week.

Please pray and help us in reaching out with reconciliation. This is a wonderful opportunity to minister the peace and love of Jesus.

Please pray for much protection and peace and political solution to the problems in our country.

We are thankful that Christian Aid always stands with us.

Blessings to you all in Jesus´ name.

P.S. More than 1000 people who live around us and church members who believe we church leaders can help, are coming to us for aid. They need food, blankets, medication and mosquito nets. We are in urgent need of grains, maize and beans to save some people from hunger, especially the older widows in our program. We are already giving two kilograms of maize and that is only enough for two days. Each kilogram is $1.00. Beans @ $ 2.00 each Kg. to go with maize will provide a balanced diet. Save a life, Please! One person at a time.