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Kenya: massacre trauma

June 2015

Kenyan flagStudents affected by post-traumatic stress after the Kenyan massacre in April are being given specialist counselling by Barnabas Fund’s partner organisations.

In the horrific, day-long siege on Kenya’s Garissa University, where masked Al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, Christians in particular were singled out. One aid worker on the scene told Barnabas Fund, ‘Everyone seemed dead. But then, as we talked, some students who had been hidden for hours came out — some from wardrobes, others from the ceiling, and then others who had lain down with the dead, covered in blood, hidden among their friends who had been killed’.

Barnabas Fund are in the process of organising trauma counselling for those who witnessed the brutal murders of their fellow students and for their distraught families. The organisation has committed to give an initial £13,000 to provide assistance to 100 people affected.

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