More Than Just A Number: The Faces Of Students In The Garissa University College Attack

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147 students were brutally murdered by militant group al-Shabaab at Garissa University College in Kenya this April. Despite the tragedy in Kenya, it’s pretty clear that their deaths haven’t received the same attention as another terror attack earlier this year: the shooting. Where, some asked, was the international outcry? When would world leaders flock to march in solidarity with Garissa?

Kenyan blogger Ory Okolla Mwangi is looking to change that with #147notjustanumber. Mwangi told the Wall Street Journal that the hashtag was an “effort to humanise the victims of terror”; she wants to remind the world that the students who died are people, not statistics.

After Mwangi created the hashtag, people have used Twitter to remember the people who lost their lives. The friends and family of the victims have also joined in, sharing photos and stories of the 147 students.

At a vigil held earlier this week in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, the critically acclaimed photojournalist Boniface Mwangi told CNN: “We need to talk about the bright futures cut short. Today’s meeting will be a calling to say, ‘We need to remember the 147; they are not just a number.’ We are trying to avoid remembering these people as just a number.”

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Here are just a few of the faces:

 

Original Article Found At QZ.com

1 Comment

  • Octavie Smith September 30, 2016 - 12:59 pm Reply

    I had no idea all this was going on

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