Peter Mbuthia’s Newly Released “Scars Of A Nation” is a Heartbreakingly Honest Account on a Devastating Church Massacre Across Kenya in 2007

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“Scars Of A Nation: Survivor of Kiambaa Church Massacre and the Elusive Justice” from Christian Faith Publishing author Peter Mbuthia is a rousing read that carries the story of a nation in chaos and the journey of Anthony, a young boy who barely survived the attack on the Kenya Assemblies of God church on January 2008 that resulted from the 2007 presidential election.

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“Scars Of A Nation: Survivor of Kiambaa Church Massacre and the Elusive Justice”: a powerful revelation of a family’s scar that was brought by their own nation in the heights of chaos. The Scars that Anthony Njoroge Mbuthia has, are representative of other equally painful Scars of the Kenyan Nation, which includes: failed leadership, run away corruption, economic crimes, political assassinations, injustices and entrenched impunity - all which have very negative impact on the common citizenry. “Scars Of A Nation: Survivor of Kiambaa Church Massacre and the Elusive Justice” is the creation of published author Peter Mbuthia, a holder of diploma in social work and community development from the Kenya National Examinations Council and has wide experience in community organization. His family home and business premises were torched by arsonists in order to force them out from Eldoret during a politically instigated ethnic violence that targeted his minority Kikuyu tribe and harmed his ten-year-old child. He participated in the prosecution process as a victim witness in the case against Kenya's deputy president; William Samoei Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang and had to flee the country after, due to security concerns. He now lives in Sacramento California.

Mbuthia shares, “On December 30, 2007, declaration of highly disputed presidential election results triggered widespread violence across Kenya. The height of the violence was on January 1, 2008 when attackers who were unleashing murderers’ violence on supporters of the presidential candidate who had just been declared winner meticulously planned and torched down Kenya Assemblies of God church full of women, children, and old people who had sought refuge there after learning of an imminent attack on Kiambaa Village in Eldoret Kenya. Seventeen people, mostly women and children, were burnt alive inside the church, and more than eighteen other people were shot with arrows, hacked with machete, and killed outside the church. Anthony Njoroge Mbuthia, who was then ten years old, survived the church fire but with very severe burns. He was treated in Kenya for one year and then referred to Shriners Hospital for children in Sacramento, California, USA, for reconstructive surgery.

“The international community led by the UN, USA, and the African Union quickly intervened to stop the murderers’ violence that was becoming genocide, and thereafter mediation efforts between the combatants gave rise to a government of national unity that incorporated all political stakeholders. Investigations into the violence revealed that crimes against humanity were committed by well-organized and properly financed tribal militias. Several people, among them two who would later become president and deputy president, were indicted by the international criminal court that seats in The Hague, Netherlands.

“While Anthony was recuperating at the hospital and while he was suffering acute pain, he asked, ‘Dad . . . why did they burn the church? I thought the church is a sacred place?’ I had no simple answer.

“Scars of a Nation is a story that gives a witness narration of what transpired during and after the violence efforts to obtain justice for Anthony and all other survivors and victims of the violence, while at the same time answering Anthony’s question, ‘Dad . . . why did they burn the church?’ which is actually the real motivation behind the writing of this book.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Peter Mbuthia’s new book is a heart-wrenching journey that hopes to bring encouragement through Anthony and his country’s story; for people to speak up. One voice is enough for every other one to listen, so speak up against hate, discrimination, injustice, and everything that scars people’s rights—as this will already be a big step towards healing this chaotic world. The book also talks about the tension and conflict which comes about as a result of people migrating internally from one region of the country to the other, and also externally from one country to another.

View a synopsis of “Scars Of A Nation: Survivor of Kiambaa Church Massacre and the Elusive Justice” on YouTube.

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For additional information or inquiries about “Scars Of A Nation: Survivor of Kiambaa Church Massacre and the Elusive Justice”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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