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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.

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

By Fredrick Nzwili — 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.

In northern Kenya, al-Shabab militants target Christian teachers

By Doreen Ajiambo — January 14, 2019

WAJIR, Kenya (RNS) — Non-Muslim teachers have long suffered discrimination by the ethnic Somalis in the region, who are accused of helping militants to target Christians.

Christian workers in Somalia worship in secret, fear al-Shabab

By Tonny Onyulo — January 7, 2019

MOGADISHU, Somalia (RNS) — Hundreds of Christians in Somalia, mostly foreigners from nearby countries, worship in secret out of fear of Muslim extremists.

Study: East African converts to Islam are recruitment targets by extremist groups

By Fredrick Nzwili — June 25, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A June PeaceTech Lab report found that recent converts to Islam in East Africa are prone to be recruitment targets by violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Shabab.

Cardinal to African faith leaders: Negotiate peace with terrorists

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — June 8, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — As violence-torn Africa grows weary of solutions that haven’t worked, Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan is proposing a controversial alternative.

Interfaith film misses Oscar, but raises hope in Africa

By Lauren Markoe — March 5, 2018

(RNS) — It spreads a message that many Africans say is too rarely heard: that people from different religious groups on the continent can be each other’s heroes.

Terrorist group al-Shabab delivers food relief to drought-stricken Somalia

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 31, 2017

(RNS) It is not clear where the group is getting the aid, but its own network of sponsors and sympathizers are believed to be donating. Protection money and extortion are also believed to be funding the relief effort.

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

By Lauren Markoe — January 11, 2017

(RNS) ‘Nearly 1 in every 12 Christians in the world today lives in an area or in a culture in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished,’ said Open Doors CEO David Curry.

81 Muslims have disappeared along Kenya’s border. Their wives want answers.

By Fredrick Nzwili — December 9, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The Muslims, some as old as 50 years, have disappeared or died after security services labeled them terror suspects.

Al-Shabab attack on Kenyan border town once again targets non-Muslims

By Fredrick Nzwili — October 26, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called the most recent attack heinous and stressed that the country will not divide along religious lines.

Kenyan churches, mosques painted yellow to symbolize love

By Fredrick Nzwili — August 23, 2016

(RNS) Houses of worship take on the color of sunshine in the name of interfaith harmony.

Will we stand with persecuted Christians? (COMMENTARY)

By Tony Perkins — April 15, 2016

(RNS) We need to consider something similar to the 1980s protests for the freedom of Soviet Jews, for Christians and other religious minorities that are now being persecuted around the world.

After his death, a Muslim Kenyan who shielded Christians is hailed as hero

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 20, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The government described the late teacher, who told the militants to kill all 62 passengers or leave, as a true hero.

Kenya’s Garissa University reopens nine months after massacre

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 5, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Only about 60 students, mostly Muslim, are expected to attend when classes resume Monday (Jan. 11). Before the attack the university had about 800 students.

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