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If I Die If I Die

Father John Anthony Kaiser
ISBN 9789966805553 (9966805559)
Cana Publishing, 2003
£5.99

Category: Biography

John Kaiser served in Kenya with the American Mill Hill Missionary Society from 1964 until his untimely death in August 2000: his body was found, the top of his head blown away, beside a remote Kenyan country road. This book is Kaiser's testimony on behalf of the displaced tribespeople amongst whom he worked.

It presents a terrible indictment of Kenya's government under former President Moi, which evicted its own people from their traditional homesteads, forcing hundreds of thousands into extreme poverty as refugees in their own country. The book includes photographs and appendices giving examples of Kaiser's correspondence alongside press releases from the Kenya Episcopal Conference concerning the investigations into his death.

Whether Kenya has changed for the better since Moi stepped down remains to be seen, but Kaiser's account deserves the widest possible readership if there is to be any hope of setting right the injustices he exposes.

Phil Groom, May 2004

Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.

From a review previously published in Christian Marketplace Magazine, reused here by kind permission.
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