Garissa residents donate blood for victims of Somalia terror attack


Hundreds of residents from Kenya’s Garissa County have donated blood for the victims of a terrorist attack in Somalia that killed over 300 people on Saturday.

The Red Cross Society of Kenya is holding a donation drive at Garissa primary school with the goal of securing 150 pints of blood per day over a three-day period. And hundreds have already turned up to donate blood for the survivors from the most deadly terrorist attack in Somalia’s modern history.

Garissa stands with Somalia

The donation drive is targeting the business community, learning institutions and local residents to provide essential blood supplies for those injured in Saturday’s attack. Hundreds have already donated blood for the surviving victims in Somalia and County executive nominee for Trade and Tourism, Adow Jubat, praised Garissa residents for turning up in such large numbers.

The show of support comes more than two years since Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab orchestrated an attack at Garissa University College, which resulted in 147 deaths.

Somalia responded by providing assistance to the town following the attack.

Garissa to raise funds for victims

Aside from the blood donations, town elder Dubat Hamey says the Garissa community will form a donation kitty to raise funds for the victims of Saturday’s attack. Hamey reiterated the connection between Kenya and Somalia in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

“The Somalia attack should act as a uniting factor between the two countries (Kenya and Somalia) and foster unity. This incident should boost our resolve to fight terror through close coordination and sharing information,” he said.


Featured image: By Nny84 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.