The sun was setting in a cloudless Kenya sky as the prayer ceremony ended.
The religious leaders, an eclectic mix of the world’s great faiths: Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian as well as Africa’s immortal traditional religious elders from across the continent, were fittingly bathed in golden light as they strolled away from the site and got back into their vehicles.
The prayers were part of last year’s ground-breaking Many Heavens, One Earth our Continent Conference that was held in Nairobi, organised by the Alliance of Religion and Conservation to honour the tens of thousands of wildlife, mainly African elephants and rhinos, that have been senselessly exterminated and trafficked to the Far East in recent years.
The religious leaders, at the request of the Kenya Wildlife Service, also gave a moving tribute to the scores of slain Kenyan park rangers and their families.
At the time more than 60 Kenyan rangers had lost their lives protecting the country’s wildlife and hundreds others in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Africa and elsewhere across the continent who died trying to protect wildlife.
In the process, these unsung guardians of Africa’s natural heritage have left behind countless widows and orphans.
The prayer site itself was highly symbolic. More....