Christian Teacher Killed, Another Abducted along with Muslim in Northeastern Kenya


Suspected Al Shabaab militants walked into
an elementary school compound in
northeastern Kenya on May 31 and shot a
Christian teacher to death, sources said.
Elly Oloo Ojiema was shot at Fafi Primary
School in Fafi, about 100 kilometers (62
miles) from Garissa.

“The suspected Al Shabaab militants entered
the school compound and right away fired on
the teacher who was teaching the pupils,”
one of the sources said.
The suspected members of the Somali rebel
group kidnapped another Christian teacher,
Joseph Kamau, along with a Muslim teacher
who tried to defend him, the sources said.
Trying to shield the Kenyan Christian, the
Muslim teacher of Somali descent told the
assailants he would die with him, according
to a Somali Muslim teacher who requested
“The Al Shabaab got angry,” the teacher told
Morning Star News, “and told the teacher,
‘We are going to teach you a lesson for
protecting the infidels,’ and immediately the
two were carried away to unknown
Ojiema was a member of the Seventh-day
Adventist church. Kamau belongs to the
Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).
Before escaping with Kamau, the militants
beat Muslims of Somali descent at the
school for housing Kenyan Christians.
“We are sounding a warning to you that we
shall not take lightly you who are
accommodating these infidels,” one of the
attackers said, according to a local source.
The incident has increased fears among
Christians in Garissa, already on edge after
years of guerrilla assaults by Somali rebels
fighting the government in Somalia. A
pastors’ fellowship in Garissa met on June 2
and called on the Kenyan government to
provide more security, the chairman of the
fellowship told Morning Star News by phone.
Officials promised to send security guards to
protect worship services, he said.
Kenya Defense Forces personnel have been
deployed in the area to defend against Al
Shabaab attacks.
“We are living in a very fragile environment
where Al Shabaab attacks can happen at
any time,” he said.
Al Shabaab militants have ramped up attacks
on Kenyan soil this month, targeting Kenyan
workers from the interior and security
personnel and increasingly planting
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along
roadsides. IEDs reportedly claimed the lives
of at least 10 people, most of them police
officers, in a three-week period starting in
late May.
The attacks have caused an education crisis
in Garissa County, on the border with
Somalia, as many teachers have fled the
area. The county also lost many teachers
after a massacre of 148 people at Garissa
University College on April 2, 2015.
Rebels from Al Shabaab, which is allied with
Al Qaeda, have launched several attacks in
northeast Kenya since Kenyan forces led an
African coalition into Somalia against the
rebels in October 2011 in response to
terrorist attacks on tourists and others on
Kenya’s coast.
Kenya ranked 18 on Christian support
organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch
List of the 50 countries where it is most
difficult to be a Christian.
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