Killings from superstitious beliefs, relegation of the girl child, and early marriages are some of the retrogressive practices that continue to impede development among communities in coastal Kenya, Religious leaders from the Catholic Church and Islam in the region have established.
The leaders who met for an Iftar meal that Bishop Willybard Lagho of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese hosted at his residence on Monday, April 26 also expressed concern over what they termed a rise in number of street families, abuse of hard drugs, and parental negligence among a myriad of social issues affecting the people.
Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.
In an interview with ACI Africa on Wednesday, April 28 following the social gathering, Bishop Lagho expressed his appreciation for the cordial relationship that he said continues to exist between Muslims and Christians in his episcopal see covering Kenya’s Lamu, Tana Rover and part of Kilifi Counties.
“Muslims and Christians especially Catholics enjoy a cordial relationship except for a few occasions when Islamists antagonized followers of both religions through their hostile utterances and sometimes physical attacks. But we always like to think that these extremists make only a negligible percentage compared to the entire followers of the Islamic faith who value unity,” Bishop Lagho said.