Christians beheaded and hacked to death in recent wave of Islamic violence sweeping through Kenya

Kasala Kairu, Kenya, August 24, 2017

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Four Kenyan Christians were brutally murdered by Islamic Al-Shabaab militants on Friday night. Three of the brave Christians were killed for refusing to recite the Shahada—the Islamic prayer of faith which marks one’s conversion to Islam—and the fourth, the mentally challenged older brother of one of the three, was also murdered, reports World Watch Monitor.

At around 9 PM on the evening of August 18, Changawa Muthemba, in his 40s, Josepha Kasena, 42, and Kadenge Katana, 17, were rounded up by the Islamic terrorists, held at machete point, and ordered to recite the Shahada. All of the men, whom the attackers knew to be Christians, refused, and when they resisted being tied up, they were hacked to death. The terrorists then went to the home of Joseph’s brother Charo, in his late 40s, and killed him as well.

Garissa church, 2016. Photo: mailchi.mp Garissa church, 2016. Photo: mailchi.mp
    

Joseph’s wife Caroline saw everything happened and is “severely traumatized,” although their 17-year-old daughter Zawadi was out of town at the time.

Locals say the Al-Shabaab militants, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, are “deeply embedded” in local communities in coastal Kenya, near the border with Somalia, where the terrorist organization originated. Locals complain that the police are not doing anything to help the situation.

Nine men were beheaded by the group in Jima village on the southeast coast of Kenya in early July, soon after a similar attack at a police station in a nearby village that left three police officers dead, the Washington Post reports. Al-Shabaab has been carrying out attacks on Kenyan soil as retaliation for the nation’s involvement in military action against the group in Somalia. A witness to the beheadings said it appeared the militants were specifically seeking non-Muslim men.

The group has also used bombings to claim 46 lives in the same area of Kenya in recent months.

8/24/2017

Comments
Stephen9/4/2017 5:28 pm
Well, Anthony, perhaps when you commit the kinds of savage, cruel acts the Japanese did in Nanking, in Unit 731, and elsewhere, you open yourself up to evil. Of course, the Masons that carried out the atomic bombings decided to drop the bomb in Nagasaki on a Catholic church so were not talking about the Americans as some sort of blameless, righteous warriors. Maybe the moral here is don't put your own people at risk by indiscriminately slaughtering and terrorizing the innocent people of another country. Of course, there's a lesson in this for us today, no?
Nadia Nasrawi8/28/2017 10:31 pm
Why this mess been increasing so much
Guillaume8/25/2017 4:53 pm
In France we hear nothing about those Martyrs.
Will Harrington8/24/2017 9:59 pm
It is not worth spending time contemplating what Al Shabaab has done or comparing this violence to other violence committed in other places and times by other people. This misses the point entirely. What we should see here is the faith of sainted martyrs worthy of our commemoration.They have shown us how much we should value Christ.
Anthony8/24/2017 8:32 pm
This has been going on for centuries, but let us not forget that this barbarism is not limited to muslims. The French and the English used the same methods of execution. And of course if we look at the barbarism of Amerika - that doesn't leave much to the imagination. I recall back in 1994/95 their postal service was going to issue commemorative postage stamps ''commemorating'' their use of atomic weapons on Japan with a caption ''bombs for peace''. Same human barbarism in different forms.
Alan8/24/2017 7:01 pm
So much for the religion of peace!
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