NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5, 2020 (Morning Star News) – The families of three Christian schoolteachers killed by Islamic extremists in northeastern Kenya have suffered loss beyond words, but aid from donors in Ireland is helping to compensate for lost income, they said.
Somalia-based Al Shabaab militants on Jan. 13 killed Titus Sasaka, a member of the New Testament Church of God who was deputy head teacher of the primary boarding school in Kamuthe, Garissa County that the Islamist terrorists attacked at about 2:30 a.m.
Sasaka’s widow, 27-year-old Judith Katima, and mother, Rose Sasaka, could not hold back tears as the family gratefully received a donation to start a small business. They were also thankful for funds to cover school fees for their 7-year-old son.
The aid for them and the bereaved families of two other slain Christian teachers came from an undisclosed church in Ireland matched by a gift from Irish charity Church in Chains, which coordinated the aid in response to coverage by Morning Star News.
The principal of the school told Morning Star News that the late Sasaka had played the keyboards for worship at the Anglican Church of Kenya in Garissa town the Sunday before his death.
Sasaka’s father, Peter Sasaka, said his son was shot in the neck, cheek, shoulders and legs, breaking them. The attack was planned to target Christians, he said.
A survivor of the attack told Morning Star News that the assailants arrived at the school as the teachers were sleeping, ordered them out of their rooms and separated out the non-local ones who had come from other parts of Kenya – assumed to be Christian as they were not ethnic Somali Muslims predominant in the region near Somalia’s border.
“One of the attackers said, ‘We cannot allow infidels to teach our children,’ and there and then fired at three teachers as I managed to escape through the window,” the source said.
Al Shabaab, which took responsibility for the killings on its official website on Jan. 13, also killed Samuel Muthui Kyunzu, a Catholic who was shot in the head and legs, which were also broken from the impact, said his father, Bernard Kimanzi.
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Source: Christian Headlines