April 4, 2015

KENYA: Hundreds Of People From The Kenyan Town Of Garissa March In Protest Against The al-Shabaab Islamist Militant Group From Somalia.

The Telegraph, UK
written by Staff and AP
Friday April 3, 2015

Hundreds of people from the Kenyan town of Garissa marched in protest against the al-Shabaab militant group, who claimed responsibility for a deadly university attack.

At least 147 (Christians) people were killed when masked attackers - strapped with explosives and armed with AK-47s - attacked students on Thursday.

Some Kenyans were angry that the government didn't take sufficient security precautions.

The attack at Garissa University College happened six days after Britain advised "against all but essential travel" to parts of Kenya, including Garissa.

The day-long seige ended with four gunmen being killed in a hail of heavy gunfire, and one suspect reportedly arrested.

At least 79 people were also wounded in the attack on the campus, which lies near the border with Somalia.

The Wall Street Journal
written by Staff
Thursday April 2, 2015

With grim predictability, the Easter weekend brings annual Islamic attacks against Christians in the Middle East and Africa. This year it started in Kenya.

Early Thursday five shooters from the Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist organization swept through a university in the Kenyan town of Garissa, shooting Christian students. They knew who to kill because they ordered students to recite an Islamic prayer. Those who could were spared. Those who could not were shot dead, about 147 so far. Police killed four of the terrorists and captured the fifth.

The killings of these Christian students reveals, once again, the harshest reality of the chaos spreading throughout these regions. The reality is that multiple jihadist armies, invoking Islam, are engaged in a planned strategy, not merely of territorial aggrandizement, but of extermination.

Last year Islamic State also tried to kill or starve the Yazidis in northern Iraq. But the Christians represent a minority that has co-existed for centuries in many countries with Muslims and other believers. Some Christians in Iraq and Syria still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

All of this is being systematically eliminated. More than a hundred years ago, Christians made up about 20% of the Middle East’s population. Today it’s about 5%.

Before the Syrian civil war began, there were an estimated 1.1 million Christians who lived there. Some 700,000 have fled, largely because the most radical Islamic fighters were singling them out for punishment or death. Iraq’s Christian population has fallen from nearly 1.5 million to under 300,000.

Good news is hard to find, but there are glimmers. After Islamic State in Libya beheaded 21 Coptic Christian workers from Egypt, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a week of national mourning for the Copts, who historically have been persecuted in Egypt. Nigeria’s new president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, vowed to escalate his country’s battle with the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, that routinely targets Christians.

It is a hard lesson to accept in the Easter season. But the reality is that only coalitions of the willing, from within and beyond this troubled region, will stop the elimination of Christians and other minorities like those who died in Kenya this Holy Week merely for what they believed.


I'd like to share an atrocious comment made below this Wall Street Journal article.
Marc Flederbach wrote 7 hours ago: But they killed Christians, so isn't this a good thing? Maybe the same thing will happen in Indiana and we'll have less discrimination from these evil Christians.

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