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Apr 17, 2015

African cocoa a golden ticket for Tanzania chocolate factory

DAR ES SALAAM, April 17 (Reuters) – Jaki Kweka is that rare
breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa
using local African ingredients.

Other African companies such as Ghana’s Golden Tree use
local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals
such as Nestle mass produce chocolate in South Africa
for the continent’s consumers and source ingredients globally.

Apr 14, 2015

Activists criticize Kenya for putting Muslim groups on Shabaab supporters’ list

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rights groups criticized Kenya’s government on Tuesday for including two prominent Muslim groups on a list of possible supporters of al Shabaab, the Somali Islamists behind this month’s Garissa university attack that killed 148 people.

Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), which are both headquartered in Mombasa, were included on a list of 86 groups and individuals suspected of being associated with al Shabaab that Kenya released days after the April 2 attack.

Apr 10, 2015

After attack and backlash, Kenya faces battle to win over Muslims

GARISSA/NAIROBI, Kenya, April 10 (Reuters) – Days after
Islamists killed 148 people at Garissa university, Kenya’s
president held out an olive branch to Muslims and urged them to
join Nairobi in the struggle against militant Islam by informing
on sympathisers.

But as Uhuru Kenyatta launches a battle for Muslim hearts
and minds, his security forces must first reckon with the deep
mistrust among ethnic-Somali Muslims in the country’s northeast
regions bordering Somalia.

Apr 8, 2015

Pressure mounts on Kenya’s president after university massacre

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Political pressure mounted on Kenya’s president on Wednesday with scathing editorials and growing anger at a seven hour delay in the deployment of a special forces unit that eventually ended the bloody siege at Garissa University last week.

The al Qaeda-aligned al Shabaab group has now killed more than 400 people in Kenya since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office in April 2013, denting the east African nation’s image abroad and severely damaging its vital tourism industry.

Apr 7, 2015

Kenya seeks more Western help after university attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya needs more help from its U.S. and European allies with intelligence and security measures to help prevent further massacres by Somali militants, Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told Reuters on Tuesday.

Last week’s killing of 148 people at a university has piled pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop frequent gun and grenade assaults staged on Kenyan soil by the al Shabaab group, which is aligned to al Qaeda.

Apr 7, 2015

Kenya destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.

Al Shabaab denied the camps were hit, saying the air force bombs fell on farmland.

Apr 6, 2015

Kenya says destroys 2 al Shabaab camps in Somalia

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.

Al Shabaab denied the camps were hit, saying the air force bombs fell on farmland.

Apr 6, 2015

Kenya bombs al Shabaab camps in Somalia: military source

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan air force has bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, a defense force source said on Monday, in the first major military response to last week’s attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university.

Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

Apr 5, 2015

Kenya says government official’s son was among gunmen in Garissa attack

GARISSA, Kenya (Reuters) – The son of a Kenyan government official was one of the masked gunmen who killed nearly 150 people at a university last week, the interior ministry said on Sunday, as Kenyan churches hired armed guards to protect their Easter congregations.

Pope Francis decried Thursday’s attack in his Easter Sunday service, praying for those killed by Islamist gunmen who hunted down Christians while sparing Muslims.

Apr 5, 2015
via FaithWorld

After Islamist attack, armed guards shield Kenyan churches

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(Policemen walk in front of a Catholic church before an Easter Sunday service in Garissa April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

After al Shabaab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university on Thursday, singling out Christians for point-blank executions, churches in Kenya are turning to armed guards to protect their Easter Sunday congregations.