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Fredrick Nzwili

Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.

All Stories by Fredrick Nzwili

Christmas holiday bus attacks in Kenya bring condemnation from Christian and Muslim leaders

December 16, 2020

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Christian and Muslim leaders have stepped up interfaith dialogue in hopes of reining in the bus attacks and other threats to the border region’s small Christian community.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ release in Eritrea a rare sign of religious toleration

December 10, 2020

(RNS) — The release of 28 Witnesses follows the freeing of 20 Pentecostal and evangelical Christians who had been imprisoned for their faith.

Kenyan atheist demands Quakers revoke his membership 

October 24, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Harrison Mumia, president of the Atheists in Kenya Society, applied to the church to cancel his membership and remove any records associated with him, since he no longer considers himself a Christian.

Kenyans see ‘hand of God’ in Kipchoge’s record-breaking marathon run

October 17, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The two-hour marathon barrier has finally been broken. As Eliud Kipchoge arrived back home in Nairobi on Wednesday, fellow citizens pointed to a ‘hand of God’ in his sub-two-hour run on Saturday in Vienna.

Alarmed African churches demand end to persistent xenophobic attacks in S. Africa

September 24, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — As the latest wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa dies out, churches in the country and others on the continent are demanding an end to the persistent problem, affecting economic migrants in one of Africa’s biggest economies.

South Sudanese churches call for acceptance of wartime sexual violence survivors

June 28, 2019

(RNS) — Thousands of women and girls in Africa’s newest nation who have suffered brutal sexual violence have been rejected by their families on their return to their communities.

Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conference

May 29, 2019

(RNS) — The boycott widens the split within the communion, which has struggled to stay together despite doctrinal differences over the ordination of homosexuals and blessing of same-sex unions.

Kenyan court upholds bans on gay intimacy

May 24, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – A ruling in favor of repeal would have been a trailblazing step for an Africa court, but the three-judge bench said there was not sufficient evidence of discrimination.

In central Africa, Islamist militias complicate church efforts to battle Ebola

May 22, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Intent on disrupting efforts to stop the spread of the disease and on delegitimizing local authorities, militants have attacked Christian pastors and health workers.

Faith activists urge UN Environment Assembly to address human side of climate change

March 18, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Meeting at the fourth U.N. Environment Assembly, faith-based environmental activists said not enough was being done to address the social justice component of climate change.

Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for clergy

March 12, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Leaders of Africa’s faith traditions united in prayer for the 157 victims, who included two priests and a Roman Catholic nun.

Nun in South Sudan honored for protecting education for girls

March 8, 2019

(RNS) — Sister Orla Treacy received a Women of Courage Award from the U.S. State Department for her efforts to educate girls in a war-torn country that values brides over female scholars.

Kenyan Supreme Court overturns ruling allowing hijab in Christian schools

January 30, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The latest twist in a long-running debate over school dress codes has outraged Muslim parents in the predominantly Christian country.

After Dusit attack, Kenya’s clergy urge all faiths to account for their youths

January 22, 2019

MUCHATHA, Kenya (RNS) – Like Ali Salim Gichunge, the alleged mastermind of the Dusit D2 terrorist attack, the new crop of radicalized Islamists are well-educated, live ordinary lives and are not easy to detect.

Kenyan faith leaders condemn Nairobi attack as al-Shabab takes responsibility

January 16, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Muslim and Christian clerics urged Kenyans to forge ahead together despite the militant Islamist group’s attempt to use religion to put a wedge between them.

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