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Africans unite over water

Interreligious efforts to promote unity in Kenya resulted in the Mbegani Water Project, a $33,000 effort that will benefit more than 6,500 people in the Mazumalume area.

Lutheran pastor Ishmael Noko, president of Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa, spoke at the March 12 project launch, calling the water a "source of unity."

Noko, former Lutheran World Federation general secretary, said: "You should refuse to be divided in religious lines because of this water."

Area women were especially grateful since they transport water, often across long distances.

"We have been waking at 3 a.m. to collect water," said resident Mbodze Athuman. "We have been risking attacks by wild animals."


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