Garissa University Survivor Marries KDF Soldier Who Saved Her


A former Garissa University student married a soldier who came to her rescue during the Al Shabaab attack on the campus that killed 148 people.

21-year-old Maureen Mayengo had been hidding in a closet for 12 hours when a contigent of the Kenya Defence Forces troops found her.

Among the soldiers was 25-year-old Ivan Okello based at Lanet, who married Ms Mayengo four months after the attack.

The two had met before but decided to tie the knot after the horrifying incident. Manyengo revealed to the Standard that she lovingly refers to her husband as her ‘shield and defender’.

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The Garissa survivor has since transferred to Moi University alongside other affected students and hopes to formalise their marriage after her graduation in a church wedding.

Mayengo lives in Lanet with her husband who is currently deployed in Somalia where KDF is battling the Al shabaab militants under AMISOM.

In the interview, Mayengo divuldged that she was still traumatized by the events of that fateful Thursday morning and vowed never to step foot in Garissa University college.

On April 2nd 2015 armed gunmen stormed Garissa University College shooting randomly at students before members of the elite RECCE squad neutralised the attackers.

On Saturday, Kenyans marked one year since the attack which was the deadliest since the 1998 Unites States Embassy bombing in Nairobi. Parents to the 147 students who perished in the deadly attack converged at Uhuru Park Nairobi to remember them. Citizens from all walks of lives also remembered them in the little activities that they carried out.

Across the campuses, a vigil was organised in respect of them. At Maseno University, thousands of students thronged one of the venues with well lit candles to celebrate the lives of those who died in the April 2nd ordeal. Other universities including Kisii, Laikipia, Moi and Kenyatta university were not left behind.



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