Terrorism in Kenya has taken an uptick lately and the latest incident is totally heinous and evil. That is not to say that there are good versions of terror. There are certain things in life that you can hear about, see or smell and still say nothing about them but this is not one of them. I mean, who in their right mind uses religion as an excuse to kill innocent people? What? This is just too much.
As of today, major news outlets have reported that up to 68 people have been killed by terrorists inside Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. That is a lot of people dying from a single incident. Perhaps the right question to ask is not what could have been done to prevent such heinous act from happening but why people try to use religion as justification for killing innocent people including children?
Quite honestly, I am not ignorant to the fact that these kinds of evil happen on a daily basis in the middle east – places like Iraq and Afghanistan among others. But this hit close to home, my own home. This is not really a Kenyan problem, it is a global problem. It is my problem and as sure as heck, it is your problem. But what can I do, you say, just after me; we can do something together!
You see,these ignorant extremists say that they are retaliating for Kenya’s decision to send troops into Somalia to fight them for even more extremism. My other question to them is this: what the hell does the innocent have to do with the government sending in troops? And another question is this: What kind of religion allows the killing of other humans? I suppose not Islam since Islam is a religion of peace.
There is no doubt that the issue of terrorism in Kenya is a big one and even the police cannot completely control it. I mean, there are so many people and trying to manage all of them will take a lot of work and money. What happens when you cannot even trust your next door neighbor? What can you do really? Should we just settle to the fact that what we see today is the new normal? Or can we really rid the world of these factions? It is obviously a tough one but we can learn to live together in peace – the hardest of course.
Terrorists do not deserve a place on this earth.
Here is what you and I can do to combat terrorism in Kenya and around the world:
- When you see something or hear something that is unusual, please say something. Basically, be on the lookout because you might be able to save lives. Look after your brother or sister. Your friends, neighbors, countrymen and anyone out there.
- I have always said this – you see, it takes some really evil people to convert innocent people into joining their extremist groups like Al-Shabaab or Al-Qaeda. No one is born with evil in their minds. You grow up and become one. So, if you and I can associate ourselves with peaceful groups or have friends that will not turn us into terrorists, we will help reduce the numbers.
- Thirdly, let us do some soul-searching. Let us ask ourselves what makes us human, why evil exist and why we should see good in people even when it is quite hard. What will we gain when we do evil things to others? Is it approval from stupid religious extremists who use religion to justify their acts? Is it nothing that we know of? Think about it. Is it worth it? Are you just listening to someone you don’t even know?
- Love one another – I know, it might sound weird but I mean it. You see, the world is so divided based on religions and politics. Christians and Muslims disagree and instead of looking at what makes them equal, they focus too much on what is different between them. That sparks hatred and trust me, love is the only cure for hatred. Here is a major problem we are facing today: what people are doing is listening to religious leaders who might or might not be telling the truth. So, we get manipulated by their teachings, do what they tell us to do and end up where they want us to be. More often than not, the outcome is disastrous.
It is good to wish that you could change the world, I have wished that for a long time. But wishes are not horses. In such matters as terrorism, it takes all of us. Not just the Kenyan government or the United States or India. We have to do this together as a human race.
I think it is time we see some peace again in this wrecked world. Our leaders’ actions, without doubt, have brought us to where we are now. Uneducated political decisions, ignorant choices have led to what we see today. I believe it is time to stand up for each other as brothers and sisters no matter what color your skin is, your nationality or religion.
We are better than this.
Let us let the children live.
Let us let the innocent go.
Let us give peace a chance!
You can read more about the terror incident in Nairobi here.
Thank you for reading this post! It is quite saddening what has happened in Kenya because of a small group of terrorists. Please keep those families in your thoughts and prayers. Please share this post with your friends using the buttons below. All in all, please stay safe!