AFRICA/KENYA - The guardian of Nyalenda parish in Kisumu killed in a robbery

Monday, 20 March 2017 famine   violence  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March.
George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr. George Kraakman’s house, a Dutch missionary of Mill Hill.
Fr. George woke up due to the noise, and found the guardian in a pool of blood. He was transported immediately to hospital, where doctors could not help but note his death.
The bandits stole food from the refrigerator, but apparently did not commit sacrilegious acts in the church. Police have recently intensified their control in the area where there has been an increase in violent crimes.
The famine that is affecting East Africa is having an impact even in Kenya, that sees half of its territory affected by drought. President Uhuru Kenyatta has decided to deploy the army in the counties of Laikipia and Baringo, in the Rift Valley, in support of the police to try to stop the violence between farmers and herders that since February has claimed at least 21 dead. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 20/03/2017)