I’ve been trying to figure out the best words to use to voice how i really feel about this; the current situation in my country. Terrorism . not any word can suffice to describe my emotions towards this. I could say I’m frustrated, maybe weak or rather unprotected. SCARED! but not enough for me to fully express what i feel about this whole thing. Should I say fed up?!
(okay aren’t we all??) Away from various types of emotions towards this ugly tumor that wont stop growing in our country. Its pretty mind-blowing to think that a certain group of people can bring down a whole nation like a plane down the Alps in the name of religion. No! do not get me wrong, I am not speaking against any conviction a certain group of people in any religion. It’s a free world right? This does not justify some actions.
Lets first shelve the matter of religion.
On the genesis of this month, (2nd April to be exact) at the wee hours of the morning, right before the sunrise, gunmen stormed the Garissa University College. What they left behind is something no one can bring back. Innocent lives were lost on this day. A painful death and a traumatic experience that if replayed would do much more than break hearts. Lifeless bodies lay in the schools compound, streams of blood and the horrible smell of death. Dead men tell no tales. no they don’t. but from the gory scene presented to the world on the next day after the attack, they did more than just utter a word.
I had the opportunity of interacting with one survivor. Rachael, beautiful strong young lady, probably my age mate or younger. Trauma still in her eyes, fear in her voice and carefully thought of words, one could tell from a mile away what was going through her mind. That day dug a deep hole of memory in her soul which will take more than a while to be filled up and forgotten. wounds too that will take quite a while to heal and ages to dissolve into her skin. She lay there effortless wishing one of us would take the pain she was feeling away. She could barely move or feel her legs. this is one of the most heart breaking sights I saw this year.
it breaks my heart that innocent students could fall prey to this predicament. Dreams and hopes were lost, the strong will power of a once very ambitious youth was lost i=on that day by a shot of a gun. These are people who did not deserve this. NOBODY DOES! The whole world was left paralysed with grief and untold of sadness. the parents to these children were more than broken. i cannot begin to say i relate to that heartache but i believe it the pain cut more than deep. Unapologetic, those responsible for this attack take the full blame and applauded the work of the attackers who died “heroes”.
I have been asking myself ever since this attack is what would i have done if i was placed in this situation? Would i have fought to my death or scattered together with my comrades? How can we protect ourselves from such attack? What did we do to deserve this?
As we wait on our nonchalant government to come up with more measures to curb the current situation, all we can do is find our own means of dealing with it.
I’d like to however send my condolences to the families that were affected by this and to those who are survivors, I pray that God will come and calm your souls, give you the strength to move on and hold the hands of the people who might be affected in future.
I hope that as time progresses we are not divided in the lines of religion or nationality.
i pray that there will come a time when we can respect life for what it is because this is not something we can charge and bring back to life.
I hope to see the day when people actually did something to combat the terror rather than rant about it. It’s hard. yes, I know but i bet that when we sit down and face the issue a great solution will come up right?
Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror.
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