Christian Survivors of 2015 Garissa University Student Massacre Recall ‘Exam’ In Which Muslims Lived and Christians Were Shot Dead

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Schoolmates mourn during the burial of Angela Nyokabi, a student killed during an attack by gunmen at Garissa University in Wanugu village, Gatundu near Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, April 10, 2015. Days after Islamists killed 148 people at Garissa University, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta extended an olive branch to Muslims urging them to join Nairobi in the struggle against militant Islam by informing on sympathizers.

Christian student survivors of the 2015 Garissa University massacre, where 147 students were slaughtered by al-Shabaab radicals, recalled on the two-year anniversary of the attack the “exam” the Islamists made them take for their lives.

Margaret, one of the Christian student survivors, shared with persecution watchdog group Open Doors last week ahead of the April 2 anniversary the words of the attackers:

“You are asking who we are. We are al-Shabaab. We have come. Let us see who will win the game. We can see where you are hiding. Come out if you want to save your life!”

Frederick Gitonga, the former chairman of the Fellowship of Christian University Students, noted, “In the end it was an exam. If you wanted to pass, you would say you are a Muslim. If you failed, you are shot dead. If you are a Muslim, your life was safe.”

The Somali-based terror group has repeatedly targeted Christians, purposefully separating them from Muslims before killing them in several kidnapping raids.

The Garissa Christian survivors attested how some of the Muslim students attempted to cover for the Christians by saying they are Muslims, but if the students were unable to recite parts of the Koran, the Islamic holy book, they were reportedly shot dead.

Although Garissa University in Garissa, Kenya, reopened last year with an aim to rebuild and restore its campus following the attack, one of the most deadly in recent years in the region, few Christian students have decided to take up study there, fearful of what happened.

“The number of non-Muslim students willing to study in Garissa is very small,” a staff member there said in the days before the two-year anniversary.

“This is because fear remains high and Garissa is not considered safe … With the memorial day coming, many are looking anxious and worried.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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