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Al-Shabab militants
Al-Shabab rebels pose an ongoing threat to many living close to the Somali border.
Photo: Voice of America

Three Christian teachers were killed when suspected Al-Shabab terrorists attacked the town of Kamuthe in eastern Kenya during the early morning of January 13th. The teachers of a residential school were asleep in their staff housing when their room was raided. According to a surviving teacher who fled out the window, the local Somali Muslim teachers were separated from the non-locals, whom they presumed were Christians. One of the attackers reportedly said, "We cannot allow infidels to teach our children," and then the three Christian men were shot to death.

According to some reports, the attackers specifically left female staff alone. The names of the three slain men were not initially released for fear of retribution, but all of them had attended a local church since coming to the area at the beginning of the school year. One man was injured in the attack and another teacher, a Muslim, was kidnapped.

As part of the raid, the militants also burned a local police port and seriously damaged a telecommunications mast in the town. Following the incident, all non-local teachers have been withdrawn from the area and the school has been closed. Almost 100 other schools along the border with Somalia are presently operating with just a headmaster and no teacher because of the imminent danger. Since the beginning of December, violence has escalated, particularly against those who are not easily identified as Somali Muslims.

Lift up the families, friends and co-workers of these slain believers in your prayers. Also remember the students of this school, and others located along the border, who are facing fear and uncertainty -- including the children not able to receive the education they need because of the ongoing violence. May the terrorists responsible for this most recent attack be held accountable for their actions. Pray that Kenya's governing authorities will be able to 'stem the flow' of militants entering into the country with the intent of attacking innocent civilians.

Country Information

Kenya map & flagPopulation
53,527,936 (July, 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kikuyu (17.2), Luhya (13.8), Kalenjin (12.9), Luo (10.5), Kamba (10.1), Somali (6.2), Kisii (5.7), Mijikenda (5.1), Meru (4.3), Turkana (2.6), Masai (2.2), other (9.4)

Religions (%)
Christian (83) (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other 11.9%), Muslim (11.2), Traditionalists (1.7), other (1.6), none (2.4), unspecified (0.2)
(2009 census)

Government type
Presidential republic

Leader
President Uhuru Kenyatta

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

Pray for Kenya

Pray that Somali refugees within Kenya will be open to the gospel. Ask the Lord to encourage believers to be unified in heart and purpose as they serve converts from Islam. Pray that churches in the northeastern region will remain strong as they face Islamist attacks.

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