ICC News: Unidentified arsonists burned the third church in four months in northwest Tanzania, destroying generators, documents, and worship materials.
The fire occurred on May 2 in Kagera, which borders Uganda. This trend is nothing new to the region as six churches were burned during one week in September 2015, according to World Watch Monitor.
Still, area Christians say the tragedy leaves them undeterred in worshiping God. The parishioners of this Roman Catholic Church destroyed in this most recent persecution event say that without a building, they will meet to pray outside under a large tree that remains on church property.
Kagera, Tanzania(World Watch Monitor) – Another church in Tanzania’s extreme north-west corner, Kagera – bordering Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda – was burned to the ground on May 2 by suspected arsonists.
No group has claimed responsibility for the fire that destroyed the Roman Catholic church in Nyarwele. It is the third church in four months to be burned down, after the Tanzania Assemblies of God and Pentecostal Assemblies of God churches, said Kagera Regional Police Commander, Mr Augustine Ollomi.
He added that seven suspects are currently helping police investigations following the burning down of other churches in the region last year, six within one week in September 2015.
At the time of the 2015 attacks, the secretary of the local Bukoba Pastors’ Fellowship said there have been many arson attacks in the Kagera area: “Since 2013 we have had over 13 churches torched here in Kagera and no one has been held accountable. This is not acceptable,” the secretary – who wished to be known only by her first name, Annette -said….
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