CWN - At a cemetery in Nairobi, a two and a half year old girl named Mary is being laid to rest. She is a recent victim of the violence that is sweeping Kenya and sending the nation into turmoil.
When violent mobs from a rival tribe swept through her neighborhood, The toddler's mother was forced to flee for her life. In her haste she could only grab her youngest child. When she returned to her shack she found Mary murdered in her bed.
The violence is driving many people, like Mary's mom, from their homes as they seek safety in numbers. Others have had their homes destroyed.
The victims are converging in the bigger cities, sheltering in Stadiums, Police stations and churches. These camps are full of children, some have been separated from their families, some will never see their families again.
Despite the horrific conditions these people are the fortunate ones who were able to escape with some of their belongings.
The Christian aid organization, Operation Blessing, is in Kenya serving victims in the remote countryside area, where people have lost everything and cannot even afford to run from the danger.
With crops and livelihoods destroyed, food is a priority need for the victims. Operation Blessing is committed to providing thousands of people with food for a two month period. OB is also working with Humedica to provide desperately needed medical services.
With so much deep rooted division in Kenya, Operation Blessing has teamed up with a Danish organization called International Aid Services to deliver healing as well as relief.
The program involves trauma and reconciliation counseling and is being run through local churches. Teams of Christian counselors are listening to the often horrific stories of the victims and offering hope in return through a Biblical based counseling scheme.
There is a long road ahead for Kenya to recover. In the meantime Operation Blessing is on the ground providing relief and hope to the victims of this crisis and helping to position the church to be at the forefront of helping Kenya and little Mary's family heal.