US PRESIDENT SENDS HIS TRIBUTE TO KENYANS FOLLOWING THE GARISSA TERROR ATTACK

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Politics/Current issues

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Following the Garissa Terror Attack that occurred on Thursday 2nd April 2015, when gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya, killing at least 148 people, and injuring 79 or more, President Barack Obama has sent his tribute to Kenyans.

The attack was termed as Kenya’s second most deadliest attack after the al Qaeda attack that killed more than 200 people at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998,

In a statement posted on the official White House site Obama condoled the families and promised to work hand-in-hand with the Kenyan Government and people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together. He also added that the fight against terror will be  his  key message to the Kenyan people when he visits Kenya in July.

Here is the full statement:

Statement by the President on the Garissa University College Terrorist Attack

Michelle and I join the American people in expressing our horror and sadness at the reports coming out of Garissa, Kenya. Words cannot adequately condemn the terrorist atrocities that took place at Garissa University College, where innocent men and women were brazenly and brutally massacred.  We join the world in mourning them, many of whom were students pursuing an education in the pursuit of a better life for themselves and their loved ones. They represented a brighter future for a region that has seen too much violence for far too long. We also commend the heroism of the responders who lost their lives in the selfless protection of the students and faculty.

I know firsthand the extraordinary resilience and fundamental decency of the people of Kenya. So I know that the people of Garissa and all of Kenya will grieve, but their determination to achieve a better and more secure future will not be deterred. And neither will the resolve of the United States. We will stand hand-in-hand with the Kenyan Government and people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together. This much is clear: the future of Kenya will not be defined by violence and terror; it will be shaped by young people like those at Garissa University College – by their talents, their hopes, and their achievements. This is a message I will relay to the Kenyan people when I visit Kenya in July. Even at this difficult hour, the Kenyan people should know they have an unwavering friend and ally in the United States of America.  

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