The refugees, as they call themselves, brought blankets, throw rugs and pajamas, whatever they could salvage from their homes.
Up and down this mountain road, homes are owned by Christians who have taken in dozens of people at a time, mostly Muslims. All told, 600 have taken refuge in the homes and in makeshift shelters made of tarp and sticks along the road.
Although Muslims have married Christians in Lahewa, and a few Muslims have sent their children to the local Roman Catholic school, rarely have the two groups mixed socially.
"Before, when I had a party and invited my Muslim neighbors, they would say no, politely, to me," explained Samaria, 27. "But this," she said, nodding at the crowd on her porch, "is a party to which I can invite everybody, and they will come.
"For sure, this tragedy has brought us together. We don't think 'You Muslim, and me Christian.' "
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