MOMBASA, Kenya —
On the Sunday morning after their church was attacked, forcing their
pastor, his injured wife and their daughter to flee, a handful of the
curious and devout shuffled through the ring of police outside, through
the smoke-stained entrance and gingerly around shards of glass to take
seats inside. Shock filled the hushed sanctuary.
The Salvation Army church had stood in Mombasa, Kenya’s
second largest city, since before the country was declared independent
in 1963. Regulars said they’d always maintained neighborly relations
with the impoverished Muslims who lived around them. Now that world of
harmony was as shattered as the windows lying around their feet.
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