Identifying Bodies Is Torture

Identifying bodies ‘is torture’

Kenya is mourning the death of the 148 students killed by al-Shabaab militants in Garissa University on 2 April. Their families have faced the horrific task of trying to identify the bodies, which is particularly traumatic due to their injuries and poor preservation in the heat – one relative who had spent three days trying to identify his nephew described the task as ‘torture’.

But Kenyan believers found hope in the Easter message. Ciku Muriuki, a popular radio presenter in Kenya, wrote an open letter to al-Shabaab on Good Friday, saying: “Jesus will die at 3pm and rise again. So will the students you have slain… I don’t hate you. I love you. I forgive you.”

Please Pray:

  • For the prevention of more al-Shabaab attacks – they have threatened further bloodshed
  • For healing for those who were injured in the attacks
  • For comfort for mourning families and the swift identification of bodies
  • For wisdom for the Kenyan government as they consider how to prevent extremist violence.

Open Doors supports victims and families

Our staff in Kenya have been able to meet with injured victims of the attacks in hospitals in Nairobi to pray with them and encourage them, as well as with bereaved families.

We spoke to one parent who was yet to find the body of his son after searching through the bodies for three days. The boy’s uncle told an Open Doors worker, “I cannot find words. We are speechless. For now we just want to find his body. But looking through the bodies to find any mark that would identify him is almost too painful…this is torture. May God help us find him!”

Staff members asked us to pray in particular for parents as they search through the bodies for their missing children.

Support your persecuted church family in Kenya

Thanks to your support, Open Doors is able to care for the families of those who have been killed for their faith in Jesus. In Kenya, when Gladys Juma’s husband Ben was killed, we were able to help her pay the school fees for her children. If you would like to pray, give and speak out to support our persecuted church family, you can take the Step of Yes today.


With many thanks for your prayers.

Lisa Pearce
CEO Open Doors UK & Ireland

With many peaceful blessings



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