Italy offers 25 scholarships to Garissa attack students
10 April 2015, 17:23
Nairobi - Italy has offered 25 fully paid scholarships to students who survived the deadly terror attack at the Garissa University College.
The offer was made by Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni who said his country was saddened by the incident in Garissa where terrorists killed 148 people, 142 of them being students.
He added that his government had offered the government a soft loan to help settle the displaced students and get them going again after their traumatic experiences.
The 25 will complete their respective courses in Italy on fully paid for terms by the Italian government.
He also revealed that the attacks were met with shock by Italians who called on their government to help Kenya in its fight against terrorism.
" My government has been truly saddened by the events of recent times and would like to work with the Kenyan government in preventing such attacks in future," he said in Nairobi Friday.
" It will mean sharing intelligence and security tips on a closer basis and work hand in hand to eradicate the problem posed by terrorists," he added.
Foreign affairs CS Amina Mohammed welcomed the help by the Italian government and called on more of its partners to indulge the country in ways of beating terrorism.
" We truly thank the Italian government for this generous offer and welcome support for our efforts in training and adequately equipping more officers who will be deployed to handle challenges of the terrorist variety," she said.
The offer comes a few hours after the French government promised to pay school fees for the over 100 injured students in the attack during the coming academic year.
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