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Responding to the attacks in Nairobi

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On behalf of Americans Friends Service Committee worldwide, we send our heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and all those that were affected in the recent senseless attacks at DusitD4 Hotel on 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi. Our prayers are with you as you go through these difficult times. We pray for full recovery.

As a peacebuilding organization, we are appalled by these abhorrent acts of terror that lead to loss of life and injuries. In renouncing war and violence, we embrace the transforming power of love and the power of nonviolence as we strive for peace in daily interactions with family, fellow community members, and those from every corner of the world. Let us show love instead of hatred or revenge, and treat each other with dignity. Intolerance or violence of any kind is against the spirit of humanity. We should aim to treat each other justly and with respect. 

Peace is not just ending war or violence, but nurturing the capacity of individuals, communities, and societies to sustain harmonious relationships based on mutual respect and caring for the welfare of all.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”

We pray that all Kenyans will find solace in unity and courage in helping one another across all ethnic and religious affiliations. 

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