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April 12, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 29
MAY PEACE BE WITH KENYA
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea I am very proud this week to share with you all an essay written by one of the students whose written English I am helping improve. He is a young professional, husband and father, and here in America working with EarthCorps.
He is from Kenya and earlier this month, terrorists invaded a major university in his country and killed 147 Christian students. Because I refuse to put him at risk, I will tell you that his name is Francis. And this is what he has to say about what happened.
On an early, chilling and quiet Thursday morning in early April, the unexpected happened at Kenya’s Garissa University. As some of the students were sleeping and others were preparing for classes, unknown masked gunmen found their way into the University’s dormitories and attacked them. They started firing at them, leaving 147 students dead and many others injured in the confusion of escaping for their lives.
My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends and relative of those students killed in this terror attack. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone impacted by the incident. It is extremely sad. As a nation, we Kenyans fail to understand the reason behind the attack which ended the lives of students in pursuit of their future. It is a great loss to our country and as left many in shock.
Terrorism in Kenya is violence-driven by politics, ideologies, corruption and radicalization of those youths who choose to join these terrorist groups.
Many young people in my country are jobless and therefore vulnerable to those who would recruit them into committing crimes like this in return for good money.
Politics in Kenya have taken a different angle, leaving the important national issues to be addressed. First, politicians are campaigning for the coming next election and misusing public funds and resources allocated to security issues. Some of these officials are believed to be close associates of the terrorist groups. As an example, many of our top politicians run charcoal businesses in Somali. Political ideologies are also a contributing factor. There is no mutual agreement and national dialogue among the politicians.
All these factors have transformed the war into religious conflicts, diving Kenyans along theological lines, creating disunity among the major religious groups in Kenya such as Muslims and Christians. As a result, many Kenyans live through the pain and sorrow associated wit indiscriminate acts perpetrated by the cowards and heartless human beings who call themselves AlShaBab, people who believe they can achieve their objectives by using threats, intimidation and murder of innocent people. On that chilling morning earlier this month, Muslims were separated from Christians. The former were spared. The latter were not.
There is need for national dialogue to discuss the best strategies to counter terrorism in Kenya. There must be proper coordination among politicians and great community involvement in handling the security issues at hand. The government of Kenya needs to take strong action against corruption. This too will improve security in our nation.
The tragedy in Kenya is that such heartbreaking acts of terrorism have become a major challenge. Therefore, as a country, we should be united and not divided. We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated in our own country. As a famous American president once contented, together we stand and divided we fall.
May peace be with Kenya.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
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