Multiple Christians have been killed since the beginning of 2022 by attackers who are suspected to be connected to Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group that targets Christians throughout Somalia and Kenya. Since 3 January, attackers organised in groups of around 30 people and armed with guns and knives have led brutal assaults on multiple villages in Lamu County. Several Christians were shot, stabbed or burned beyond recognition, and one woman was tied up and forced to watch the attackers behead her husband. “The main purpose of the attacks is to create fear,” a Front-line Worker said. “They are not happy with churches being built and are opposed to the preaching of the Gospel. They want to threaten Christians’ safety so that they may run away and possibly go back to where they came from.”
Pray for the Christians in this region to remain firm in their faith amid this hostile opposition.
Pray for comfort for those who have lost loved ones in the attacks.