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Jamhuri High School in Nairobi, Kenya
Jamhuri High School in Nairobi, Kenya.
Photo: Wikimapia

On the night of January 23rd, several students at a high school beat and stabbed fellow classmates for refusing to convert to Islam. Tensions had been growing for weeks at Jamhuri High School in northern Nairobi due to the complaints of the Muslim students -- primarily of Somali, Boran and Oromo descent -- complaining of discrimination. Due to the increasing hostilities, the boarding school had allegedly designated separate bathrooms and sections in the library to accommodate both the Christian and Muslim students.

The conflict came to a head that night in January when some of the militant Muslim youth began speaking in defamatory terms and tried to force students of the Christian faith to recite the Islamic creed for conversion and undergo cleansing rituals. This led to a brutal attack in which knives and machetes had been used against the Christian students, weapons that reportedly came from outside the school.

At least 35 of the school's 1,500 students were injured -- including some perpetrators who got hurt when the students under attack tried to defend themselves. Several of those who were targeted required hospital treatment for stab wounds and dislocated bones. The school principal, Fred Awuor, was also reportedly injured in the attack and needed hospital treatment. Since the attack, the school has been closed indefinitely while police further investigate the incident.

Please join us in asking for God's wisdom and peace to reign in this troubled Nairobi community, as school leaders, governing authorities and parents seek to 'calm the storm' and resolve the conflict. Pray that all the injured high school students, and their principal, will receive needed physical and emotional healing; and that all those affected by the escalating strife will experience relational reconciliation through the power of Christ's love.

Country Information

Kenya map & flagPopulation
55,864,655 (2022 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kikuyu (17.1), Luhya (14.3), Kalenjin (13.4), Luo (10.7), Kamba (9.8), Somali (5.8), Kisii (5.7), Mijikenda (5.2), Meru (4.2), Maasai (2.5), Turkana (2.1), other (9.2)

Religions (%)
Christian (85.5) (Protestant 33.4%, Catholic 20.6%, Evangelical 20.4% other 11.1%), Muslim (10.9), Other (1.8), None (1.6)

Government type
Presidential republic

President William Ruto (2022)

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law, and customary law; judicial review in a new Supreme Court established pursuant to the new constitution

Source: CIA World Factbook

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