Justus Nyang'aya is a strong supporter of Adventist youth and a human rights activitist. He is pictured here at a youth rally near Nairobi.

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Claude Richli

is associate publisher of Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines.

Adventist Head of Amnesty International for Kenya Safe After Gun Attack

Justus Nyang'aya was attacked in his home.

Justus Nyang’aya, a Seventh-day Adventist and director of Amnesty International for Kenya, was attacked in his home near Nairobi on the evening of December 17 by gun-toting gangsters. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence in a city well-known for its random violence. The gangsters shot him three times while he was trying to protect his wife and three daughters.

Speaking to the Daily Nation newspaper from his hospital bed in Karen, Nyang'aya said, “He shot my arm while I tried to push back the door. I did not want them to enter because my children were inside. He shot my arm. Again, he shot me here (he pointed to his chest). I kept on fighting, and he shot me again, and there was so much blood. At last, he pointed his gun straight at my face and squeezed the trigger, but there was no bullet left.” The assailants then hurriedly took Nyang’aya’s wallet and some electronic items in the living room and left. Nyang’aya’s wife and daughters were left unharmed.

Nyang’aya has since been released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover. In a telephone interview with Adventist Review from his home, he expressed his thankfulness that God had spared his life. He told how his wife Apondi drove him to the hospital, urging him to repeat “God is good all the time” to help him stay conscious. She then hit a pothole in the darkness, which caused the car to break down. They were rescued by a passing motorist, “a good Samaritan who had the courage to stop at 11:30 at night and take an individual who was covered with blood into his car. That kind of help is very unusual, and I pray that the Almighty may bless him,” says Nyang’aya.

Although his children were traumatized by the attack, the whole family continues to sleep peacefully at night. “We don’t fear another attack. Seeing what God has done gives us the assurance that He will continue to give us strength, confidence, and protection. We sleep peacefully,” says Nyang’aya.

Nyang’aya doesn’t believe that he was targeted for his activities as head of an international organization, but rather that “it was a random incident.” The region’s chief of police expressed his resolve to “ensure that these people will be apprehended.”

Amnesty International is an independent global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members, and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

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