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Kenya: Churches, Mosques and Temples Being Painted Yellow in Show of Solidarity

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 16
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Churches, mosques, and temples are being painted yellow in Nairobi, Kenya in an effort to create unity among the country’s people of faith. reports that the movement is called “Colour in Faith” and was spearheaded by Columbian-American artist Yazmany Arboleda in 2015.

"The goal was to take houses of worship in Kenya and paint them yellow in the name of love," said Arboleda. "The idea from the beginning was to turn buildings into sculptures that speak to our shared humanity."

Three places of worship have already been painted yellow, including a church, a mosque, and a Hindu temple.

Twenty other places have joined the movement.

Arboleda hopes that the effort will bring the diverse community together as they work toward shared goals.

"Public installations like Colour in Faith are powerful because they activate the imagination of many and they call on us to collectively and deliberately create an expression of a world order that is better than the existing one," said the cultural curator of the project, Nabila Alibhai, in an interview with UP Nairobi.

"We hope that this initiative will spread across the country and the world to express love of plurality and expression of faith in its best possible sense...Colour in faith,” she added.


Publication date: August 16, 2016