In Kenya President writes personal letter to each bereaved family of University attack

Kenyatta wrote the personal letters to the families on Thursday, April 9, expressing his sorrow over their tragic loss and promised them to make the perpetrators pay for the gruesome murder of the students.

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President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta

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President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has written a letter to each family who lost relatives in Garissa University College massacre carried out last week in the country by Al-Shabaab Islamist militants.

Kenyatta wrote the personal letter on Thursday, April 9, to the families, expressing his sorrow over their tragic loss and promised them to make the perpetrators pay for the gruesome murder of the students.

"I write to you with great pain and sadness hoping to share a few words of comfort and sympathy over the untimely death of your daughter, by the hands of terrorists. Miriam (one of the 148 victims) was a young, productive person of great promise," wrote the president.

"She had every right to live and realise her dream in life, and you had every right to expect much from the sacrifice, love and support invested in her growth and development.

"I write to you in humility to express my regret at the loss of your dearly beloved child. We share your pain. Accept my condolences and that of the entire country. I promise that as a Nation, we shall never forget them, nor forgive those who took her life."

The President assured the bereaved families that the government is increasing efforts to contain the threat of terrorism in Kenya. He, however, added that it was regrettable that terrorists are now using Kenya's own young people to perpetrate their evil.

Kenyatta promised the families of the government's support as they deal with the loss of their loved ones "at the hands of evil people".

"My Government assures you of justice for this brutality. We pledge to work harder for a better and more just country in honor of the memory of those we have lost," the president said.

Kenyan media reports that each of the letter will be personally delivered to the families by a senior administration official, who would also be tasked with ensuring that the deceased are accorded decent burials.