NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Carrying a few of her belongings, Hellen Akinyi waited to board a bus bound for western Kenya to join her family for the Christmas celebrations.

Akinyi, who is Catholic, said she was looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with her relatives living in Kisumu, a Kenyan port city on Lake Victoria.

“It’s a very important holiday for me,” said Akinyi. “It’s time to celebrate with loved ones with

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