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Violence continues in Kenya

January 31, 2008

A letter to Christian Aid from Winnie Owiti of Ebenezer Life Center, Kenya:

"We were finally able to contact the Red Cross today to assist our church members in Naivasha (a town outside of Nairobi), but they say they cannot help. These believers have experienced terrible violence--15 people were burnt alive in a house and 24 others were killed. Four people were shot to death."

"The targeted Luo tribe has been displaced in Naivasha and their property burnt to dust. They are in three different camps there including a police station and a prison. They have been several days without food or drink."

"The Luo have called us to help them, because their children are fainting from hunger, but the Red Cross said they did not have a vehicle to take them food."

"There is no way out to get them money to buy food, because they cannot leave the camps. We are concerned about them; the rioters are targeting the camps, and the victims are afraid for their lives. If they can escape, we have asked these victims to come to Ebenezer where we will try to feed and house them."

"It has been a very sad and difficult day for us, especially today. We cannot leave the house. Two days ago in Nakuru they killed over 60 people and displaced thousands of others. This war is now taking another shape–it is becoming an ethnic war, where tribes are being targeted."

"We need serious prayers for Kenya today. Today, Kisumu was impassable with the burning of property, including five buses. There was violence in the whole of western Kenya and the Rift Valley."

"Children did not attend classes, even at Ebenezer, since the rioters were threatening to burn schools that continued with education today. The children at Ebenezer are just playing in the compound. So far no one has attacked the school and the children."

"Thank you for your prayers. We are hoping people from Naivasha will be able to come to Ebenezer in the next several days since the camps are unable to feed them. We will update you on the situation. We look up to heaven, to God from whom our help comes. Some of the displaced children will come to our school. We will need some temporary structure to save these traumatized children, and a truck to transport people and supplies, for $15,000. I will keep you posted."

Pray for us,

Winnie

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