AFRICA/KENYA - "Let us proclaim that the Lord has risen: let us not be intimidated by reports of brutal violence"

Thursday, 9 May 2019 violence   corruption   youth   bishops  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "Rampant killings, corruption and abortions reported regularly on news saying they are causing pain families, friends and society. Today the news we read or watch speaks mainly of the atrocious actions of the evil one", denounced His Exc. Mgr. Anthony Muheria, Archbishop of Nyeri, in Kenya, in his Easter message. "These last days especially have caused great sorrow to hear of so many cruel murders among couples, siblings, and even friends. The cruelest acts that we can only call beastly, where man has lost his humanity, and become worse than an animal".
Violence against women in Kenya has become such a serious problem that in February a group of activists handed a petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta, demanding that it be called a "national disaster". One of the most heinous homicides that shook the country is that of a sixth year medical student, who was carrying out his traineeship at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, and was killed on April 9, near the hospital with an ax by a 28-year-old man.
Another social plague denounced by the Archbishop is the corruption of politicians and public officials and the spread of gambling. "We are the ones doing the business of betting and gambling, to feed the monster of greed, that leads to theft and poverty ", he warned.
According to a 2017 survey, Kenya has the highest number of young people in sub-Saharan Africa, aged between 17 and 35, who gamble regularly. Mgr. Muheria concluded by urging Christians to courageously proclaim the risen Lord, by showing that they can live every aspect of their faith through good deeds and repentance and also said that the wrong doers or perpetrators of crimes should be assisted and corrected. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 9/5/2019)