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Atheists protest after being barred from visiting children's home
, by Martin Murigi

Atheists in Kenya have accused the Children’s Department of discriminating against them after they were barred from visiting a children’s home in Limuru.

The President of Atheists in Kenya, Harrison Mumia, in the letter to the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs alleged that the department has banned them from visiting NEST Children’s Home in Limuru.

According to their letter to the Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, the home’s management had allowed them to make the visit which was set for November 26, 2016, but the department instructed the home not to allow them to visit.

“We want to take issue with the Children’s Department in the country for what seems to be blatant discrimination against atheists in Kenya. Their decision to stop atheists from visiting the NEST Children’s Home reeks of religious extremism and is in a bad taste,” read part of the letter.

The home's director of the Home, Irene Baumgartner, quoted by The Nation,  confirmed that she received a call from the department asking her to bar the group from visiting the home.

“I am not the one who banned them. I received a call from the Children’s office in Kiambu and was directed not to allow them because they have a court case,” Baumgartner said.

The atheists have protested the action, arguing they had planned to visit the children’s home “to donate food, clothes and stationery in support of the children.”

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