Emotions were running high in the small Kenyan town of Gatundu on Friday (April 10) as the first of the funerals was held for victims of the Garissa University attack.
Angela Nyokabi Githakwa, 22, was one of 148 killed when al-Shabaab militants stormed the campus last week.
Nyokabi Githakwa was known to her friends as Jojo. They spoke of their grief.
“I am just cursing everything. I’m cursing the government, cursing the unpreparedness,” said Evelyn Wambui. “It’s been one year of talking about security, security, security… There were alerts that our public universities were under threat.”
Another friend warned of the need for vigilance.
“Let us be vigilant,” he said. “Because these guys are in our midst and we really have to… Security has to start with us.”
Jojo’s hometown lies 50 kilometres north of the capital Nairobi, where a 2013 al-Shabaab attack on Westgate Shopping Centre left 67 dead.
The Somalia-based Islamist group specifically targetted non-Muslims in the Garissa attack, leading Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to urge followers of Islam to join Nairobi in the struggle against extremism.