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A US church depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees

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Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.

This is the startling nativity scene created by a Protestant church in California to draw attention to the plight of migrants.

“We put them in different cages, as a symbol representing our community, and all immigrants, who are being held in detention centers and need our help,” Genaro Cordoba, co-creator of the installation and spokesman for Claremont United Methodist Church, said.

“Jesus, Joseph, Mary represent all our immigrants, all the refugees, not just in the United States but all over the world,” he said, switching from Spanish to English.

“We have seen how they suffer, and people don’t want them, and (in) our country the same thing,” Cordoba added.

Karen Clark Ristine, senior minister at the church about 48 kilometers east of Los Angeles, explained in a Facebook message accompanying the images that the Holy Family were “the most well-known refugee family in the world.”

“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant,” she wrote.

“They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?”

The grim Nativity scene appears to address that question.

Each cell is lined with barbed wire, and both Mary and Joseph are pictured facing the infant, their arms outstretched in hope and desperation.

“Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years,” wrote Ristine.

A Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic apparently meant to frighten the families, before the government backed down.

Migrants including children were held in caged enclosures.

“Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people,” said Ristine.

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UPDATE: The late Eric Mwangi Thumbi of Atlanta to be buried this Sunday

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We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for standing with the Thumbi family after the promotion to glory of Eric Mwangi. God bless you for your continuing prayers, encouragement and financial gifts!

Funeral Services will be held Sunday Jan 19th starting at 2pm at West Cobb Funeral Home.
Address: 2480 Macland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064

Mwangi will be laid to rest afterwards at 3pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Eric was a beloved son to Elder Gathara Thumbi and Apostle Nyambura Thumbi .
Brother to Malkia Mumbi Hornsby, Anthony Mwangi Thumbi, Anne Wangui Thumbi , Mumbi Rehema Thumbi and Muthoni Wangui Thumbi. Brother in love to Kazha Hornsby, and Hannah Nyambura Mwangi . Uncle to Makena Hornsby. He rested on Tuesday Evening 1/7/2020 .

God bless you!

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Magoha revokes appointment of Prof Kiama as UoN VC

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By JUDITH GICOBI

George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary, disbanded the University of Nairobi Council on Friday.

The CS also nullified the appointment of Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama to the position of the Vice-Chancellor of the university till the ongoing consultative process of choosing acting VC is finalized.

In a statement from the CS, Prof Kiama will keep serving as the Deputy VC, Human Resource and Administration at the university.

In place of Prof Kiama, Magoha appointed Deputy VC (Finance, Planning and Development) Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche to serve as acting Vice-chancellor in the meantime.

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Kate Actress reveals baby’s birth date

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Popular actor Kate Actress, real name Catherine Kamau-Karanja, has finally shared the date when her second baby was born. 

She shared on Instagram where she posted a photo with her baby going for a stroll, with the caption, “New moms be like… it’s her first month birthday. We must celebrate Baby K … 15.12.2019.”

 

The actress had been keeping the birth of her child a secret. She posted a picture holding the baby about a week ago and it was not known when the baby was born.

Kate and her husband are hiding their baby from social media and they are not sure if they will ever introduce her to the world. They say social media is a cruel world. 

The couple had also kept the pregnancy private till September last year when they shared the news.  

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