The Star (Nairobi)

19 November 2012

Kenya: Do Not Victimise Somali Community

A section of Eastleigh residents yesterday reacted to a grenade explosion in a matatu that killed six people - by attacking members of the Somali community.

The residnets rioted and barricaded some roads, pulling innocent Somali passengers out of matatus and beating them up.

Whereas anger over the terrorist attack is an expected natural expression, venting it on people who had nothing to do with the blast was totally misguided.

It is the intention of the terrorists to not only take lives on a large scale, but also divide peace-loving Kenyans on tribal and religious lines.

That is why yesterday's senseless beating of Somalis helped the culprits achieve their evil intentions. In a number of terror attacks lately, communities have exercised restraint for the sake of peace.

The shooting of Sheiks Aboud Rogo led to riots but Muslim elders advices the local community no to start a tribal or religious fight.

Terror attacks targeting churches in Garissa have failed to divide the locals because the Christians refused to regard them as religious warfare and recognise them for what they are - criminal activities.

Quote of the day: "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" - US President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863

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