22-year-old Gitonga Ng’ang’a was one of the survivors of the massacre at the Kenyan Garissa University, that left 148 people dead as al-Shabaab gunmen targeted Christians in the school.
Ng’ang’a who is a student and pastor in the university reportedly hid under his bed after hearing shooting at the university and he continued to pray to God for protection of life, as the gunmen entered his room,.
“The students were shouting and there were those who were crying, and the gunmen at first they were not talking until they occupied the hostels where we were sleeping. By then they could just speak loudly and say that ‘We are here to kill and to be killed’,” he said.
Gitonga believes God, not luck, let him escape “from the claws of the enemy”.
“I had to step over blood and the dead bodies of my closest friends and very good friends of mine. It was bitter. It’s even now bitter to remember,” he added.
Last weekend, a survivor of the massacre at Garissa University College in Kenya was found on Saturday, 4th April, two days after Al-Shabaab extremists slaughtered almost 150 people at the school. Cynthia Cheroitich, 19, had cowered in a wardrobe for two days. The student was finally coaxed from her hiding place, who was still in deep shock. She had covered herself with clothes and said she drank a bottle of lotion to prevent starving from hunger and thirst, AP reports.
Cheroitich was taken to a hospital where she is currently undergoing treatment, Kenya Red Cross spokeswoman Arnolda Shiundu told AFP. Kenyan troops searched the building for two days after the tragedy and heard sounds coming from a wardrobe. When Cynthia’s rescuers urged her to come out, she first suspected them of being militants, and only agreed to emerge after security forces got one of her teachers to talk to her.
“I was just praying to my God,” Cheroitich, a Christian, told AP of her nightmare ordeal.