By Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post.
Kenyans across the country are honoring in vigils the 148 murdered people, mostly Christian students, who lost their lives in the terror attack last week at Garissa University College. Friends and relatives have started a campaign titled #147notjustanumber, named after the original death count, where they are reminding the world that the victims were real people with real hopes and dreams that were taken away.
The campaign, which has spread throughout social media, has focused on revealing the faces of the victims, by sharing their stories and memories from loved ones.
“I can’t even look at pictures of the people killed without crying,” said 32-year-old Mary Wambui from Nakuru, according to CNN.
“They were just children. They were trying to make a better life for themselves. Some were first to go to college in their communities. They died trying to get an education.”
“Those images will haunt us forever,” added 29-year-old Martin Otieno from Nairobi. “As a nation, we should never let this happen. We just can’t.”
The attack was carried out by four gunmen who separated Christian from Muslim students before murdering the Christians. Terror group al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for the attack, and the Kenyan government has responded by launching airstrikes against its bases in neighboring Somalia.
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