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Good News sect in Kenya. Media: Children were the first to be starved to death

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Children were the first to be starved to death by a Kenyan sect whose leader ordered followers to starve to death to ensure they would go to heaven, the BBC reported on Sunday. So far, 201 bodies have been found in Malindi, Kenya.

Kenyan police since April informs about finding more bodies in the Shakahola forest in Malindi. Investigators conducting searches in the area they exhumed another 22 bodies on Saturday the authorities said. Thus, the number of victims of the Good News International Church, led by pastor Paul Mackenzie, who ordered his followers to starve themselves to death so that they reach heaven faster, has increased to 201.

First, children were killed, ordering them to “fast in the sun so that they would die faster”

Former deputy leader of the sect, Titus Katana, told the New York Times that children were killed first, ordering them to “fast in the sun so that they would die faster.” Adults, men and women, were next, he said.

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Katana, who is helping police with the investigation, described the brutal treatment of the children to the Sunday Times, saying they were locked in huts for five days without food or water. “Then they were wrapped in blankets and buried, including those that were still breathing,” he said.

More than 600 people who are reported to be members of a cult led by Pastor Paul Mackenzie are still missing. Mackenzie, who is currently in police custody, said he ended Good News International Church four years ago after nearly two decades of existence.

Kenya. The authorities find more bodiesPAP/EPA/STR

However, the BBC has discovered hundreds of his sermons still online, some of which were recorded after the alleged shutdown date. In an interview with the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper a few weeks ago, the pastor denied that he was forcing his followers to starve themselves.

Mackenzie also preached against education, calling it satanic, after receiving a “revelation from God,” Katana told the New York Times. Explaining his reasons for leaving the cult, Katana said the pastor’s teachings had become too “weird”.

Mackenzie also encouraged mothers to avoid seeking medical help during labor and not vaccinate their children. Most of the pastor’s sermons concern the fulfillment of biblical prophecies about the final judgment. The sect’s online content also includes posts about the end of the world, impending doom, and the alleged dangers of science.

There are also frequent warnings about an omnipotent satanic force that has allegedly infiltrated the highest levels of government around the world.

The sect’s followers could fall victim to organ trafficking

As previously reported by the country’s chief pathologist, Dr. Johansen Oduor, although the most common cause of death was starvation, some of the victims died as a result of strangulation or beatings.

Read also: Investigator: some organs were missing in the bodies of victims of a religious cult

The published documents of the investigation into the mass graves show that some of the dead people were most likely victims of organ trafficking. “The autopsy reports found missing (internal) organs from some of the victims’ bodies, which were exhumed,” chief inspector Martin Munene said in a statement. “The trade in human organs is believed to have been well coordinated with several parties involved,” he added.

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