Kenya missionaries forced to evacuate under Al Shabaab terror threat
Direct threats of violence against two Kenyan missionary couples and their five children have forced the families to evacuate from north-east Kenya last week.
Threats of an imminent attack were made against the missionaries who work in Muslim communities. They had endured weeks of repeated stoning attacks made on their houses. Communications had also been cut off when a telephone mast was blown .
Security forces are reportedly unable to protect the families because Al Shabaab repeatedly attack and disappear into nearby forests. Some local Muslim sympathisers will not assist security forces by reporting what they witness.
A local pastor called for prayer, “Please pray with us! We have reached a decision to evacuate. In September Christian workers in the area were singled out and killed – for this reason we have to take these threats seriously.”
In the 14 September attack Al Shabaab terrorists singled out and murdered two Kenyan Christians travelling on a bus after they refused to recite the shahada Islamic creed. Recitation of the shahada is considered conversion to Islam.
Kenya is around 80 per cent Christian and 10 per cent Muslim. Most of the country’s Muslim population, many of whom are ethnic Somalis, live in the north-east of the country. The Somali-based terror group Al Shabaab has repeatedly targeted Kenyan Christians.