When al Shabab militants stopped a bus in the northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera last year and then demanded that the Christians in the bus be handed over, no Muslim on the bus had agreed.
In a quick show of solidarity, some of these Muslims had passed along their headscarves to the Christians to disguise them. The al Shabab militants were eventually forced to let the bus go. That is the type of spirit that engineered the colour in faith movement that an artist recently undertook in Kenya.
Colombian artist Yazmany Arboleda and Nabila Alibhai, founder of a Nairobi-based civic group inCOMMONS, were hoping to start a civic art project where local communities paint mosques and churches across the country a bright yellow.
Their project, called Colour in Faith, just got completed earlier this month. At its end, the colour in faith movement has seen a total of five churches and four mosques or Muslim religious buildings bathed in what they call optimistic yellow.
The Colombian artist Yazmany Arboleda spoke to Quartz telling them that;
“The idea is that these buildings are landmarks that celebrate pluralism and unity,”
“The idea was to explore religion and find commonalities with the hope to create a space for reflection.”