Target: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Goal: Force the President to take responsibility for women kidnapped in a recent attack
Outbreaks of senseless violence by militant groups are becoming increasingly common in Kenya. A recent attack resulted in twelve kidnapped women and fifteen people dead.
Although the group al-Shabab has admitted to this attack, as well as an additional raid which left forty-nine dead, the president of Kenya has placed the blame on local ethnic Somalis who are still bitter about Kenya sending in troops to help the United Nations defeat militant groups in 2011. The recent attacks were also uncharacteristic of the al-Shabab, for they were well planned and did not involve the killing of women, just abduction.
While the media and people in power are playing Whodunit, terrorist groups like al-Shabab are getting a free pass to continue massacring innocent people. Shortly after the attack that resulted in a dozen women disappearing, gunmen from al-Shabab raided more villages in Poromoko, close to Mpeketoni.
Even a senator in Kenya, Moses Wetangula, called the president’s accusations against local ethnic Somalis outrageous. The president has forgotten what is most important–the lives of the innocent people who are being abducted and killed as a result of al-Shabab advances. Demand that President Uhuru Kenyatta focus his energy on recovering the missing women, and protecting the people under his care who are still living.
Dear President Kenyatta,
The abduction of twelve women by al-Shabab in your country is appalling. However, what is even more heinous is how you are choosing to handle the situation. Accusing your own local citizens, claiming that this problem is political instead of terrorist is not only wrong, but with the evidence that al-Shabab has admitted to being responsible for the attacks it is also extremely misguided.
With all due respect, every ounce of your attention and effort should be directed towards locating the women who have been taken from their homes. Listen to your fellow political leader, Senator Moses Wetangula, and call in for back up to help stop al-Shabab.
[Your Name Here]
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