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Devastation in Kenya

September 24, 2013
Photo via NPR

Photo via NPR

Horrified and saddened by the violence in Kenya

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the terrible events at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, this past weekend. We grieve with our Kenyan students and Kenyans around the world for the loss of so many lives in such shocking circumstances. The tragedy has reached beyond Kenya as well – people from many countries are numbered among the dead and wounded. Sadly, a world-famous Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor, was among those killed. Our thoughts are with all the families and friends of the people who were killed, our students and the world community.

I listened to NPR as I was driving into work this morning. A reporter living in Kenya was being interviewed as tear gas canisters were lobbed around him. He had been to the Westgate Mall many times with his son. He’d always felt safe there and often had gone for tea on Saturdays. It is especially shocking and horrifying to find violence in the places we go for safety, sanctuary, relaxation and peace. When the ordinary places become horrific, life is truly violated.

Our campus counseling services are available to help if needed.

Thinking of Kenya and Kenyan people. Barbara

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