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FEMNET In Solidarity with Victims of Garissa Attack, Kenya
African Women's Development and Communication Network, FEMNET would like to express
solidarity with the people of Kenya in the wake of the terror attack at Garissa
University College. Like the rest of the world, we are horrified by the events
that took place in Garissa and recognize its impact not only on Kenya but also
on the global community.
As a pan
African women's rights organization with over 400 members across Africa and the
Diaspora, we join regional and global voices in condemning this heinous act of
terrorism that has left 148 innocent civilians, promising young leaders dead.
This act of violence has no justification and like all other forms of violence
must be condemned. Even sadder is that this attack comes just days before the
world commemorates the one year anniversary of the abduction of hundreds of
girls in Chibok, Nigeria, whom we have not forgotten and continue to call for
their immediate release and rescue. Both events took place at institutions of
learning and were a result of fundamentalisms and extremisms that have no place
in our world.
this difficult time, we would like to urge the government of Kenya to;
1. Uphold human rights
principles in resolving this and similar acts of terrorism,
2. Urgently provide much needed material and psycho-social support to the
affected communities and families, and
3. Provide security to the University College and other institutions across the
country in a way to restore confidence.
spirit of #WeAreOne that emerged following the Westgate tragedy in 2013, we
trust that a consultative process will be instituted by the Kenyan government
involving citizens; men, women and youth in defining a common vision for
security in Kenya. A vision that we hope will be shaped by the tenets of human
security and underpinned by the rule of law. We trust that the spirit of
humanity that has been expressed locally will be sustained as efforts evolve to
deal with fundamentalisms and extremisms in the region.
thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. We pray for a quick
recovery for those who have been injured and peace of mind for those who've