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Prayers for peace answered at Kenyan church stormed after 2007 election

Jerome Delay / AP

A Kenyan woman walks through the African Inland Church in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, one day after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner in the Kenyan presidential elections.

One morning in January 2008, more than 200 young men armed with crude weapons stormed the Africa Inland Church in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, Kenya, and seized a generator that they then set on fire. The explosion tore through the roof, creating one of the most visible scenes of post-election violence after Kenya's disputed election of 2007. 

The dark spot is a constant reminder of the church's vulnerability during national elections. But for Rev. Joshua Kimuyu there was no question of keeping its doors shut this Sunday, the day after Kenya's election commission announced the winner of the East African country's fiercely contested presidential election. This time, Kimuyu said, there was nothing to fear after the two leading candidates -winner Uhuru Kenyatta and loser Raila Odinga -pleaded for calm and unity. Continue reading.

--The Associated Press

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Five years after more than 1,200 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans went to the polls in a nationwide election seen as the most important in the country's 50-year history since independence.

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