Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Terrified Kenyan families burnt alive in church as post-election violence escalates

The International Herald Tribune reported the following:

"In broad daylight, a crowd of Kenyans set a church filled with hundreds of terrified families on fire and listened to them scream as flames engulfed them, according to witnesses including police and a Red Cross volunteer."

"Those who escaped the building were hunted down with machetes; others hid inside pit latrines."

"Up to 50 people were killed in the attack, said a Red Cross official who asked that her name — which would identify her tribe — not be published to protect her from reprisals. Even first aid workers were stopped by vigilante gangs who demanded their identity."

The attack Tuesday was the ugliest incident yet since last week's disputed elections unleashed a torrent of ethnic and political violence that has claimed at least 270 lives.

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