Together in sorrow and reproach
· After the massacre in Kenya by Somali jihadists of Al Shabaab ·
The terrifying massacre perpetrated by the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab on the campus of Garissa University College has united Christians and Muslims of Kenya in sorrow and reproach. All of the 148 victims and the 80 wounded were Christians, most of whom were students.
Condolences and prayers for the victims, their families and the people of Kenya have been expressed by leaders of Christian communities, including Pope Francis, in addition to the country's leading exponents of Islam. In expressing such sentiments, the Secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, Sheikh Khalifa, also denounced the irresponsibility of several Kenyans on social media “who are spreading disgusting images and messages which instigate hate”. Abdullah Salat, Chairman of the Garissa branch of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims said his community “strongly condemns barbaric acts committed against innocent university students. Our heartfelt condolences go to the victims' families”. He continued that with the help of international community, they will support the government and international community in rooting out terrorism. Nations around the world have also pledged their support for the government in Nairobi, including President Barack Obama of the United States and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
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