Minnesota Kenyans Pledge No Retaliation
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Members of Minnesota’s Kenyan community vow they won’t retaliate against Somalis for the terrorist acts in Nairobi, saying they recognize that Al-Shabab is only a small faction.
They also told reporters at a state Capitol news conference Wednesday that Kenyans and Somalis in Minnesota can work together to strengthen their ties locally.
Reports say about 10,000 native Kenyans live in Minnesota.
Many waited anxiously for word over the weekend about whether relatives or friends had been harmed in the siege at a Nairobi shopping mall by the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab.
Pastor Zipporah Bogonko calls the attack an “act of unspeakable horror,” but says Kenyans won’t retaliate with hate or retribution but will extend their love and hospitality.
Minnesota Kenyans plan a prayer service for Saturday.