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“Lord I pray for Kenya, you alone knows that Kenya has been a refuge to many of us who have run away from our countries where there is no peace. God I would not want to see Kenya fighting and people freeing to other countries like what I have seen in my own county……have mercy on Kenya dear God”

This was a prayer by Rev. Amos Semuzima who I hosted in my office this morning.  Rev. Amos is the founder of Education for Peace-Kenya (EFP-Kenya), a non-profit organization that is addressing the challenges of Congolese Refugees in the urban areas of Kenya. Rev. Amos is a refugee himself.

DR Congo is a vast country with immense economic resources and, until recently, has been at the centre of what some observers call “Africa’s World War”, with widespread civilian suffering being the result. The war claimed up to six million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition.

The endless war in DR Congo has resulted in thousands of people fleeing their territories to seek refuge in the neighboring countries. I understand the official verification, after data clean up, showed that the population of Congolese asylum seekers and refugees in the Kenya urban areas stands at 19,000 individuals of which more than 70% are youth.

When we talk of our youth going through a myriad of challenges, trust me these youth are going through worse situations while in a foreign land. Key among them being; low self- esteem, lack of confidence and all manner of discrimination in a foreign environment.  It is a painful experience that I saw bringing tears to Rev. Amos at the thought of Kenya going that direction.

As I listened to this prayer and our discussion on what the refugees have to go through, I got to ask myself; has it dawned on us Kenyans how precious peace is? or what it means not to have peace? I thought I did until my interaction today with someone who has experienced lack of peace. It’s out of experience that he can pray and shed tears at the thought of lack of peace for Kenya.

Dear Kenyans can you join me in saying Amen to my visitor’s prayer for Kenya today; ..”Dear God have mercy on Kenya”. That youth in our country will live to utilize their God given potential to be fruitful & transform lives in this very Nation but not run away to seek refuge in other countries.

With our minds set on our maker and our trust fully in Him we can be assured of ‘perfect peace’

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”