Gordon and Glenda Bloodworth, President of the Discipleship Training Center in Eldoret, Kenya are safe according to reports from international leaders. The Bible College now has food supplies. Some 80 people are staying at the College. The pastor of a nearby church says that he has 1,500 refugees at the church compound seeking protection from enemies. Most of them have lost everything. Their houses are burned and all they own are the clothes on their backs.
It was an Assembly of God church in the city that was burned with people inside. Other missionaries reported being locked in their housing compounds, feeling that venturing out was not safe. The city is still not a peaceful place. The situation in Eldoret is still critical. Eldoret is virtually cut off from the rest of the nation.
A 200 vehicle army-guarded convoy left Eldoret a few days ago. It took them an entire day to travel half the distance of just 100 miles from Eldoret to Nakuru. Along the way, they encountered dozens of 40-ton trucks (18-wheelers) which had been burned-out, overturned and used for “road blocks.” Huge trenches had been dug across the highway to prevent travel on the main highway stretching from Mombossa on the coast, through Nairobi and on to Entebbe, Uganda. Despite the heavy protection, rioting youth still threatened cars with bow-and-arrows and knives.
In Nairobi and other places, hunting for food and fuel is still common. Lines are long. Downtown Nairobi was full of riot police and protesters with daily running battles between the two. More than 250,000 people are still on the run. Many are hiding out at churches, police stations or any other place deemed safe. The neighboring countries of Uganda, Southern Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Congo are already feeling crippled due to the flight of people.
There is the danger of a great civil war in the whole nation. More than 500,000 people are directly affected and about 250,000 Kenyans are internally displaced people. Thousands of homes have been burned and up to know more than 300 lives lost.
The presidential election was only a trigger. The unemployment rate remains high. Many Kenyans live in poverty, on less than a US dollar a day. Criminal elements rob and loot.
Adapted from various reports