Kenya Garissa Attack Victims Remembered Through #147NotJustANumber Twitter Trend

Kenya Garissa Attack Victims Remembered Through #147NotJustANumber Twitter Trend

David Tomno Ngetich, right, whose niece Romana Chelagat Sambu, 21, died in the Garissa University College attacks, talks with other relatives who lost family members, as they sit under a tent in the courtyard of the Chiromo Funeral Parlour in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, April 6, 2015. Several mourners interviewed by The Associated Press spoke wistfully of those they lost, sometimes using the same words - humble, devout, studious and a role model - to describe youths who were trying hard to forge a career, leaving home and traveling many hours by bus to Garissa to take advantage of the education opportunities there. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
David Tomno Ngetich, right, whose niece Romana Chelagat Sambu, 21, died in the Garissa University College attacks, talks with other relatives who lost family members, as they sit under a tent in the courtyard of the Chiromo Funeral Parlour in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Mugdha Variyar, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

GARISSA, Kenya (International Business Times)—After the Al-Shabaab attack on Kenya’s Garissa University left 148 students dead last Thursday, Twitterati have taken it upon themselves to ensure the victims are remembered, by trending the hashtag #147notjustanumber.

A relative is assisted by Red Cross staff as bodies of the students killed in Thursday’s attack by gunmen, arrive at the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi April 3, 2015.Reuters

Under the hashtag, friends and relatives are sharing photos of the victims on Twitter, as the nation mourns the deadliest attack on its soil since the 1998 bombing at the US embassy in Nairobi.

Four terrorists stormed into the hostels of Garissa University on Thursday morning, gunning down nearly 150 students and staff, before they were shot dead by armed forces.

 

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