ICC: Kenya, Malaysia & Nigeria

June 8, 2015 by  
Filed under newsletter-asia

Education in Kenya Suffers at the Hands of Al-Shabab Extremists

The Somali extremist group Al-Shabab in Kenya, Africa has been disrupting education in the region with its brutal attacks, causing panic and fear among not just Christians, but educators and students alike. Last year around Christmas, 28 people riding on a bus, mostly teachers, were separated by religion, and those who were Christians were executed. Just several months later in April of 2015, militants from the extremist group attacked Garissa University College, again separating by religion and killing 148, who were predominantly Christian. This attack is considered the nation’s worst terrorist attack since the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

PAS Leader Blames Chinese Christians for Anti-Hudud Move

In Malaysia, the party known as PAS (Pan Malaysian Islamic Party) is keen on implementing an Islamic criminal justice system, also known as a “hudud.” The Islamic party has begun to point a blaming finger at the wave of newly converted Chinese Christians in the oppositional parties (DAP, Barisan Nasional component parties, MCA and Gerakan), which has caused the anti-hudud movement, according to a leader of the party’s ulama wing. The party’s syura council will meet to decide how to deal with this issue.

Boko Haram Stages New Assault on Maiduguri

Boko Haram has been attacking the major city of Maiduguri to not only reestablish their original base of operations, but also for its strategic importance.  The city’s location provides an advantage which would allow the group to more easily spread throughout Nigeria, as well as infiltrate neighboring countries. Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon are aware of this and have combined military forces to stop the group. In the last week 46 civilians have been killed by the group’s three failed attempts to infiltrate the city limits. President Muhammadu Buhari said in his inauguration speech that the military headquarters was moving from the capital of Abuja to Maiduguri due to its strategic location in the fight against Boko Haram.

– icc

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