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Garissa University attack survivor has nightmares of fateful day

12 May 2015, 18:27 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Over a month on, and Garissa University attack survivors are still traumatized by the gruesome attacks that saw 148 people killed.

Thursday April 2, 2015 still remains a day to dread for Allan Nyongesa, a survivor of the attacks.

He survived the attacks after running out to answer a call of nature just before the attack begun that fateful day and hid in the ablution block for three hours before he was rescued.

Four of his roommates died in the attack and he says that the bloodshed and cries for help from innocent students will be hard to forget.

" It still sticks in my mind. I cannot forget. Every-time I pose I remember the attacks and what it did to my friends and many other innocent students. It hurts badly," he says.

He adds that he can barely sleep and in his opinion, the souls of those killed are still crying in despair.

" I still remember the cries for help from innocent girls and the numerous number of gunshots. I find it hard to sleep. It is a nightmare I might have to deal with for the rest of my life," he adds.

He has resorted to sleeping pills to help him rest.

According to Lucy Mishira, a Nairobi based psychologist, the healing process might take from 6 months to even 10 years or longer for some.

" The healing process might take a long time even upto 10 years. It depends on the person. Some people move on quicker than others," she says.

" For those who picked up injuries in the process, it will be a lifetime reminder of what they went through because they will carry a mark of it with them".

" Those that went out unscathed might heal faster," she says.

The government has said it will help the survivors of the attack with progressive psychological treatment whilst they try move on from the sad events of the day.

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