Letter from PROCMURA after a recent terrorist attack in Kenya
Dear Partners and Friends of PROCMURA,
We would like to express our heartfelt deep appreciation to you all for your mails and phone calls to inquire whether we at the PROCMURA Central Office and our families are safe in the midst of the 14 Riverside Hotel terrorists attack. All you who wrote or spoke to us on phone made us to understand how you felt for those who died, those who are wounded and maimed, and the families who lost loved ones. You also assured us that you were in solidarity with us in our quest for peace and will continue to pray with us and for us.
We would like to let you know that we ourselves and our immediate families are doing well but our national family as Kenyans, the world family who were at the hotel as visitors and those who were not in the hotel but visiting different parts of Kenya are not well – we are all affected in one way or the other.
PROCMURA as an organisation committed to interreligious peace and peaceful co-existence and with a philosophy which says that whatever differences we have should be resolved in a non-violent manner, we cannot but question when such things like these happen, whether we are making progress and having an impact in society.
All of you are aware that PROCMURA some few months ago, celebrated the International Day of Peace in Kenya, specifically Nairobi. Over 5,000 people from a cross section of the society that included both Christian and Muslim Religious leaders, the academia, Government officials, Law Enforcement Agencies, Ecumenical organisations, University students from various campuses and colleges, Women and Youth, Community Based Organisations (CBO’s), and participants from Nairobi, Mombasa and Isiolo Counties and many more participated. One of the principal objectives was curbing Violent Radicalization and Violent Extremism which can and does promote terrorism as we have just experienced.
We are down-hearted that having intentionally chosen Kenya and specifically Nairobi where we marched for peace, yelled for peace, gave lectures on peace, the terrorists had their own plans. So many have sometimes asked PROCMURA why it advocates for peace and yet things of these nature happen, in the words of the Apostle Paul when he said: “We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair (2nd Corinthians 4:8).
We will remain resolute in our work for peace as a faith and Vision committed organisation which is a vocation entrusted to us by God in Christ who gives us peace even in these difficult and challenging times.
Thank you all for being in solidarity with us in these difficult times.
Team Leader – Finance and Administration
On Behalf of the PROCMURA Team