Friday, January 04, 2008

Chaos in Kenya - News Update

Following the closely contested elections on Dec. 27th, East Africa's most stable democracy has disintegrated into violent protests and tribal clashes. Over 300 people have died as allegations of fraud and rigging surround the elections. Four top Election Commission Officials along with the ECK Chief and international monitors have expressed doubt over the validity of the results. The Opposition Party has refused to concede defeat and Kenyans have taken their anger into the streets. The incumbent President, Mwai Kibaki who was hastily sworn in when the results were announced, has warned that any protesters will face the full force of the law. Riots and looting have occurred throughout many parts of Kenya and police initially adopted a "shoot on sight" policy. International mediators and government and opposition members have recently stepped up efforts to restore peace and find a resolution to the current crisis. . . Please pray for our ministry partners in the slums of Nairobi. The youth from Light and Power and the students and teachers at Akiba School and Elishadai Computer College have all been affected. I have many friends in hard-hit areas and am deeply saddened by these events. Pray for peace, reconciliation, and healing. I was planning to return to Nairobi yesterday, but have postponed my flight until Jan 13th in the hope that things will calm down.

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