Concern for Rising Tide of Small Arms in Kenya
[ePrayer – Pray for Kenya]
A spate of ‘terror’ attacks, aid worker kidnappings and heightened ethnic conflict in northern Kenya have fuelled demand for small arms by civilians and criminals. Local residents are living in fear as a result of gun crimes by gangs. The attacks also affected humanitarian activities in the refugee camps. Some politicians purchased large volume of guns, supplied them to their communities to fight their rivals. The Kenyan police are themselves often to blame for violence. People are buying weapons for self-defence because they do not trust the police to protect them. [IRIN]
Pray for Kenya
- Kenyan authorities claimed that new strategies have been adopted to stamp out the illicit trade in weapons. The strategies include recruiting more police reservists and setting up a special unit to monitor suspected guns dealers. Pray that these strategies can stamp out the rising tide of gun violence effectively;
- Pray for the safety of the affected refugees, aid workers and residents;
- Pray that the conflicts between different politicians and ethnic groups can be relieved and long-lasting peace will come.