Tuesday saw the discovery of 16 more dead by Kenyan investigators in a forest where a cult was allegedly engaging in mass starvation. This brings the total number of victims, including children, to 89.
There are worries that additional bodies may turn up in Shakahola woodland, where cult leader Paul Mackenzie Nthenge allegedly instructed his followers that the only way to God was via starvation.
As search crews in white overalls continue their grisly mission inland from Malindi on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, children are among the most recent victims of the “Shakahola Forest Massacre.”
As horrible facts emerge daily, the grim finding has stunned the country and President William Ruto has vowed a crackdown on “unacceptable” religious groupings.
Interior visited the location on Tuesday.
Some Good News International Church members may still be in hiding in the nearby bushes, where they run the risk of dying if they aren’t located soon.
The police were alerted by the executive director of the rights organization Haki Africa, Hussein Khalid. Hussein Khalid requested that more rescuers be dispatched to search the 325 hectare (800 acre) area of woodland for survivors.
He told AFP that there was a very high likelihood that more people will perish every day and that between 50 and 60 percent of the dead were children.
“The horrifying events we have witnessed over the past four days are traumatizing. There is no preparation for discovering child mass graves.
investigators reported to AFP that they discovered victims crammed into small trenches, with up