The devastated families of two Christian teachers murdered by extremists in Kenya have finally been able to bury their loved ones after confirming their identities.
Philip Masinde Okumu and Daniel Wekesa Wangila were killed by Islamic militant group al-Shabaab during an attack on Oct. 10 at Arabia Secondary School in Mandera East, but their families had to wait for DNA tests for weeks to confirm their identities.
International Christian Concern, which monitors the persecution of Christians around the world, reported that Wangila was buried in Kakamega, Western Kenya. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Kakai, and three children.
“We have spent six weeks in tears. Daniel loved me and our kids. We shall truly miss him, his kind spirit, and strong sense of humor. He made us see life as a gift from God. We have lost a pillar in our family and nothing shall ever fill the gap he leaves behind,” Kakai said.
A member of Redeemed Church Lukiyan, Wangila decided to take a job as a teacher at the school despite the dangers of the region in order to provide for his family and parents.
His father said:
“My son left for Mandera three years ago and although we were worried about this life due to constant attacks of Christians in [the] northeastern [region], we kept hoping that one day he would get a job elsewhere. The news of the attack left us devastated. He has left a very young wife and three young children and we pray that the Lord will strengthen her and bless her with the ability to raise the children.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov