Magazine article The Christian Century

Muslim Clerics Disappearing near Kenya-Somalia Border

Magazine article The Christian Century

Muslim Clerics Disappearing near Kenya-Somalia Border

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AS KENYAN coastal region sheikhs, imams, and preachers vanish in alleged killings and forced disappearances, their wives are demanding answers.

The clerics have disappeared or died after security service involvement.

"The common thread is all the victims are Muslims," said Hussein Khalid, "perceived by authorities to be actual or potential terror suspects."

Khalid is executive director of Haki Africa, a human rights organization that has been offering legal aid for victims' families.

According to activists, the clerics' alleged crimes included radicalizing youth, facilitating attacks, and recruiting for al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia. Kenya deployed troops to neighboring Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab but has since suffered several terrorist attacks on its own soil.

Three years ago, Saada Juma Seleman's husband, Hemed Salim Ahmed, disappeared when the police stormed the Masjid Musa after allegations surfaced that it was hosting terrorism training. He has not been seen again.

Now, Seleman, a mother of three, is out of responses to her nine-year-old son, who wants to see his father.

"I have given him all kinds of explanations, but now I don't know what to tell him," she said. …

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