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Death Toll of Doomsday Starvation Cult Reaches 300, and Over 600 More Are Missing

Authorities said that the death toll of a starvation-suicide cult in Kenya had reached 300, and many more reported deaths are expected after local officials said more than 600 people are missing from the area.

Coastal regional commissioner Rhoda Onyancha said that 19 more bodies had been exhumed from mass graves in a property allegedly owned by pastor Paul Mackenzie in Kilifi County on the coast of Kenya, according to Africa News.

Mackenzie allegedly told his followers of the “Good News International Church” that they would meet Jesus Christ in heaven if they starved themselves.

Police began an investigation after receiving a tip that dozens of people were starving themselves on the order of a pastor. They rescued about 95 emaciated people from the property and arrested Mackenzie.

Some of the parishioners died on the way to a hospital.

Authorities said that 65 of the rescued parishioners began a hunger strike to protest their detention at a shelter. They were charged with attempting suicide and moved to a jail on Monday.

Relatives of Mackenzie’s followers said that he had predicted the end of the world to come on August and then moved it to April 15.

A former deputy preacher of the religious sect said that followers were told to starve children first by leaving them in the sun and claimed that some were buried while they were still breathing.

Interior Minister Kindiki Kithure said that more mass graves were going to be exhumed by investigators.

On Wednesday, some of Mackenzie’s associates reportedly collapsed during a hearing at a law court after refusing to eat for ten days. Mackenzie and his associates, along with his wife, are likely to face charges of mass murder.

Mackenzie has claimed that he is the target of hostile propaganda by his former colleagues.

Kenyan President William Ruto has compared Mackenzie to a terrorist.

Here’s a local news video about the horrific incident:

  • Rita says:

    Wondering if these adults were forced to starve themselves or chose to. It doesn’t seem they were forced since they continued to starve themselves after they were removed from the compound.
    The leader didn’t lie in that if you are a believer and die you go to meet your maker.
    The children are a different story but as a child I was taken to mass every week if I wanted to or not.
    I feel this is a horrific death and would not have participated but I can see both sides of this one.

    • Jeff says:

      Thou shalt not kill (murder) which would include yourself. Life was given by God and should be cherished, not thrown away….

  • Jim says:

    Matthew 7:15
    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

  • Susan says:

    Jesus said “I have come that you might have LIFE and that more abundantly” if this story is true, the people should have read the Word of God, the Holy Bible and they would have seen clearly that this demon disguising himself to be a “pastor” is a murderer and a fraud.

    I find it interesting though that in the middle of a lot of Christian persecution here in the US that this story is being told as if to pile on those who are of the Christian faith.
    I also find it interesting that this happened in Obama’s birthplace, Kenya!!

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