FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 2, 2015) —
unknown number of masked gunmen stormed a hostel at Garissa University in
north-eastern Kenya today, reportedly taking a group of students hostage,
killing at least 15 people, including one pupil, and injuring at least 65
attacks are both unjustified and horrifying in equal measure. The simple act of
going to school or university is becoming increasingly perilous for young
people across the world, with attacks on schools constantly on the rise,” said
Duncan Harvey, country director at Save the Children Kenya.
child has a right to education and the sanctity of such institutions must be
upheld. Schools and universities should be zones of peace where children can
learn in safety.”
Save the Children is actively engaged in promoting the ‘Guidelines’,
developed to protect students and teachers around the world from the use of
schools for military purposes, and to incorporate explicit protection for
schools into their military doctrines and strategies.
gunfire and sporadic explosions continue to be heard in the area, with mobile
network coverage around the university area currently switched off.
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