Garrisa Massacre Memorial Service Today
A memorial service will be held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, today (9 April) to commemorate the 148 students killed by Al Shabab last week.
Kenyans are still in shock following the attack in the north-east of the country at Garissa University College on 2 April, where Christians were singled out and killed in the deadliest attack on Kenyan soil since the US Embassy bombings of 1998. (In Al Shabab’s September 2013 attack on Westgate Mall, the Nairobi shopping complex, 67 people were killed. There were also reports at that time that attackers asked whether victims were Christian or Muslim, but these were unable to be verified.)
Many of the families of the dead students had to travel to Nairobi and are still there, undergoing the distressing task of identifying the often badly disfigured bodies of loved ones, brought down from the north-east.
The identification of bodies has not proved straightforward due to the severe wounds sustained by victims of grenade explosions and the difficulty of preserving the bodies in the heat.
The college had about 800 students, of whom more than 500 were non-Muslims.
Around 200-250 students attended meetings of the Christian Union, which bring students together for worship, study of the Bible and leadership development.
On Easter Sunday, students at universities across Kenya held services and collected offerings to be distributed among those affected by the attack.
The Chairman of the Christian Union at Garissa University College, a survivor of the attack, will speak at the memorial service at the Christ is the Answer Church (CITAM) in Valley Road this afternoon.
Source: World Watch Monitor: