The MARCH FOR LIFE is an annual event adopted by the Kenya Christian Professional Forum (KCPF) under the Linda Uhai Consortium which comprises of KCCB (Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops), NCCK (National Council of Churches in Kenya) and the EAK (Evangelical Alliance of Kenya). The main aim of the consortium is to share common issues related to Life, Family, Religion and Governance while promoting and supporting biblical values in society. The event took place on 24th March 2018 at the Nairobi Railways Club walking around Nairobi Central Business District on to Uhuru Park and back to Railways Club. 239 students from Mercy associated schools participated in the event. This year, the Catholic Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae since its inception in 1968, an encyclical document by Pope Paul VI, which affirms the family as the center of love and life transmission hence this year’s theme.
The aim of the walk to bring together young people who will stand for the Culture of Life and human dignity and seek to promote, protect and preserve life at all stages from conception to natural death, create awareness, attest and celebrate the beauty, dignity and sanctity of human life, promote a culture that respects and upholds the dignity of all the creatures as created by God, advice youth on abstinence in order to avoid early pregnancies which would be an influencing factor for increase in abortions and bring people together from all walks of life in prayer for human life.
During the walk, the procession carried some placards showing different messages for the intention of the walk. Some of the banners showed graphic pictures of aborted children in order to show the public that the actual act of abortion was killing a human being. There were stops and prayers sessions from several people who had been appointed. Mercy associated schools that participated included; St. Michael’s secondary, OLM Ngarariga secondary, St. Anne’s Secondary and Eucharistic Youth Movement group.