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Kenyans pull their weight to help Garissa attack families

06 April 2015, 19:04 William Korir

Nairobi - The Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi can currently be described as a haven of mourning but  Kenyans have pulled their weight to help the families of Garissa attack victims.

When one arrives at the mortuary, the first thing to notice is the long line of people, waiting to get into the mortuary and try identify their loved ones.

It is a sombre but relatively quiet mood until the sound of loud wailing is heard from inconsolable relatives too taken aback to compose themselves to the task of rummaging through hundreds of badly mutilated bodies.

There are tents and hundreds of Kenya Red Cross officials always giving a helping hand and then there is the sight of normal Kenyans trying to give a hand too.

Some come with donations of whatever type. One arrives with bales of maize flour, another of sugar and another full of tea bags. People need some tea to keep going.

Others offer water and a certain couple have made sandwiches to give hungry staff or relatives.

Other groups of psychologists and doctors have offered their services for free to help families. Here it is not just a government but Kenyan effort.

" We are overwhelmed by the support Kenyans have afforded us in many ways, big and small," Kenya Red Cross Chairman Abbas Gullet says.

" It has touched all of us and we ask that they continue to come forward and help as much as they can," he adds.

At various points in the city of Nairobi and elsewhere, tents have been set up for blood donations. Kenyans have stepped up too in this regard.

" We have received alot of blood from Kenyans. We are very thankful and we hope that they will come out more and more to help," Gullet adds.

The Kenyatta National Hospital where some of the victims of the attack have been hospitalized has also seen a strong number of Kenyans arrive to offer either a word of support or something small to help survivors through the tough times.

" They are the real pluses of the attack, those that survived and we hope that they can recuperate quickly and move on with their lives," Hannah Munai," who is here to offer a word of support to the victims says.

The concerted effort by Kenyans from all walks of life is great to see but the wish from all those we spoke to was simple.

" No more lives lost!

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