The cry for the Kenyans

Kelvin ESIASA

Kelvin ESIASA

By Kelvin Esiasa

Many are the times that my heart keep on singing a traditional song called I shall praise you God always in my life.

The Composer Horatio Spafford penned the famous words, ‘When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul. He wrote this song after he lost his Children, and only his wife survived.

The psalmist King David in Psalms 109 says My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful   have opened their mouths against me;    they have spoken against me with lying tongues.

With words of hatred,  they surround me; they attack me without a cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.

While King Solomon says Boast, not thy self of tomorrow; for thou knows not what a day may bring forth. King Solomon also in Ecclesiastes  writes, So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.

All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good,    so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.

This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil, and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.  Anyone who is among the living has hope even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!(Ecclesiastes 9:1-4).

These are the words that are running in the minds of many Kenyans; they are mourning and wondering what the world has done. So many questions are running in the Kenyan minds. The entire nation is in tears children, mothers, father and leaders are all in pain.

This is a national tragic, and it will always be in memories many Kenyans. The world woke up to a rude shock. On 21 September 2013, unidentified gunmen attacked the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The attack, lasting until 24 September, resulted in at least 72 deaths, including 61 civilians, 6 Kenyan soldiers and 5 attackers. The attackers held hostages and later engaged in gun battles with Kenyan security forces. Over 200 people were reportedly wounded in the mass shooting.

The heavily-armed militants from the Somalia-based al Shabaab staged a shooting massacre that killed some 61 civilians and 6 security officers and shattered countless lives. As the assault developed, the terrorists began letting Muslims go and only targeting people of other faiths. One witness told NBC news that When the gunmen came in, they were just shooting.

They weren’t asking any questions, they were just shooting, later, they tried to differentiate on religion, but at first they were just shooting. This incidence has reminded the world of the September, 2001 world trade centre massacre. It also brings a memory of the Boston marathon massacre. Tanzanians were also reminded of the 1998 USA Embassy bombing.

Reading through the testimonies of the survivors one has to thank God for their for the survivor. Peggy Wambua, 37, Kenyan administrative attache Said: I almost never go to Westgate, but this weekend I was shopping for a birthday present with my two sons. We heard a loud explosion and gunshots.

We ran into Woolworths and hid behind a pillar. Somebody locked the shop door. My son could see through the window at the legs of the attackers walking past, wearing those Somali trousers and carrying AK47s.

We were hiding for about five hours before we were evacuated by a group of 30 security guys, who formed a human wall to protect us. We walked through broken glass, blood and tear gas that was stinging our eyes. At one,  point, they started firing again. The air was heavy with death and evil. You could smell it.

I feel so lucky we got out. Other people are in a hospital or lost loved ones. Even the devil is not this cruel. I can’t imagine they have a heart that beats. They spray bullets on innocent children who don’t know good or bad. They are less than animals. I have anger inside, and it makes me feel negatively about the Islamic religion. I hope they suffer in hell (

http://www.aljazeera.com)

Vijay Jotangia, 52, Kenyan-Indian property dealer Said: I was in Barclays bank when we heard noises and a blast. Security guards immediately closed doors, and we went back into the staff area. Of all the areas in Westgate, the bank was safe. Their motive wasn’t to rob the bank – they had other intentions.

There were 40 of us. Everyone was on their mobile phones, watching footage from upstairs and sharing information. The shooters were saying that if you were Muslim, they would spare you. But they would give people a script to read in Arabic to check they weren’t cheating.

There were explosions, and the building was shaking. Commandoes rescued us at about 7pm. We walked through broken glass and blood. Past a dead body, a bullet through his head, and two other bodies on the other side. These people are insane. They are not human beings. They must have been brainwashed since childhood (

http://www.aljazeera.com).

The biggest question that many people were asking is why the massacre. Somalia’s al-Shabaab chief  was reported to have said that the  Nairobi mall carnage in which several foreigners were killed by Islamist fighters was a message to westerners who supported Kenya, Somalia’s al-Shabaab chief said in an audio message on Wednesday.

Reclusive rebel supremo Ahmed Abdi Godane said the four-day bloodbath was a warning to Westerners who “backed Kenya’s invasion (of Somalia) that has spilled the blood of the Muslims for the interest of their oil companies.

There are  many questions that have been raised by commentators some have wondered if the fight against terrorism is lone fight by the USA government or not.

These questions are being raised because the world is becoming unsafe every day. Terrorists are busy recruiting people to fight for them. It is also very surprising how the terrorist are uniting and finance big operations.

The world through the media has been told that the terrorist are about to launch several attacks on nations that were supporting Christians values. They have lined up nations to attack. Since the terrorist have no mercy for humankind, the world should now unite and fight the terrorist these terrorist are among us.

They are watching what we are doing so the earlier we strike the better for humanity. The fight against terrorist is a fight for everyone. Nations should come up with measures that would teach the public on how they could help in combating terrorist. The terrorist fight should be fought like any other war.

Just as President Obama said when confronting the Boston Marathon bomber the world should follow the terrorist wherever they are.