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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Condemns al-Shabab Attack at Kenyan University

April 6, 2015
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Condemns al-Shabab Attack at Kenyan University

Washington, DC- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting perpetrated by al-Shabab militants at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya:

"I stand with the Obama Administration and the people of Kenya in condemning the horrific terrorist attack and massacre of students at Garissa University College.  Al-Shabab's raid and merciless slaughter of students was not just an attack on the university, but an attack on Kenya's very future.  While media reports have totaled the deaths at 148, the actual toll and devastation in that community may never be quantified.  In an instant, parents lost their children, and dozens of young people were robbed of their bright futures and the contributions they would have made to Kenya and the world.

I applaud the Obama Administration and the Kenyan government's commitment to cutting this evil at the root.  Such unspeakable acts of violence must be met with a swift response to ensure the security of Garissa's students and faculty.  I am heartened to know that this tragedy has not shaken Kenya's resolve and that both Muslims and Christians have denounced al-Shabab's attacks and remain committed to preserving Kenya's unity.

 My thoughts and prayers are with Kenya and I pray that peace finds the victims' families during this difficult time.  The United States mourns the loss of any nation's children as we mourn our own and stand committed in our support for Kenya and its people."