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Even for funeral, tribalism splits Kenyan family & friends

KENYA (BP)--No part of Kenya has been spared from the violence afflicting the country, not even slums where people have lived peacefully for years. One recent afternoon, a slum resident named Martha was visiting a sick friend. As she headed home, a group of young men attacked and killed her. Their reason -– she was Kikuyu.       The heartbreak doesn't stop with Martha's death. Her pastor, Richard, is not being allowed to perform her funeral. In fact, because he and his family are Luo, they are not even permitted to attend the service.       "Tribalism has become a cancer in our country," Pastor Richard says. "And Satan is continuing to use it to destroy the people of Kenya. We must find a way to show people that in God's eyes we are all the same.