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cross 587267 640They asked “the villagers to produce their identification cards and if you were found to be a Christian you would be shot or slaughtered." These recently uttered ominous words of Pastor Henry Divayo – head of the church in the town of Witu, Kenya – describe what has become a widespread and resurgent threat in East Africa – that of the radical Islamist, al-Qaeda affiliated, Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist group.

As we warned two years ago, “yet another radical Islamic jihadist army – just like ISIS, the Islamic State – is ruthlessly murdering Christians, targeting them for their faith. This global and historic persecution continues.” And it continues to spread. Our colleagues at the East African Centre for Law & Justice (EACLJ) lamented: "In the past few years, the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab carried out attacks in the counties of Mombasa, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Lamu, and Tana River and said it had targeted non-Muslims because of their faith. In Lamu County, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for at least 65 deaths, with some witnesses reporting the terrorists asked the religion of victims, killing non-Muslims".

ACLJ - Jihadist Atrocities Against Christians Spread: Al Qaeda-Affiliated Terrorist Group Al-Shabaab’s Resurgence