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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

Barack Obama’s beloved step-grandmother, a Muslim and philanthropist, dies in Kenya at 99

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — The family matriarch and celebrated philanthropist was open to all faiths, religious leaders here have said.

Across Africa, hijab in schools divides Christians and Muslims

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 15, 2021
(RNS) — Some religious experts believe hijab should be banned from schools to create a learning environment free of religious influences.

Attacks on ancient religious sites in Ethiopia kill hundreds, reports say

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 18, 2021
(RNS) — A church that claims to contain the ark of the covenant and one of Africa’s oldest mosques have been scenes of mass killing and desecration.

Islamist militants fuel Christian persecution in Kenya, faith leaders say

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 8, 2021
(RNS) — Somalia's al-Shabaab militants are trying to export their tyrannical strain of Shariah law, attacking Christians and churches.

Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic share shelter as renewed fighting displaces thousands

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 27, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — This latest wave of violence in the central African country has caused massive displacement of populations and forced nearly 200,000 people — half of them children — to flee from their homes.

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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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 

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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.

As Sudanese protesters demand democracy, Catholic bishop pushes for freedom of worship

By Fredrick Nzwili — April 24, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — While cheered by the role Christians have played in liberating the largely Muslim country from its dictator, Bishop Yunan Tombe Trille Kuku wants to see the laws that impede religious freedom change as well.
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