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Rep. John Lewis Condemns Mass Killing in Kenya

April 6, 2015
Press Release

"During this holy weekend for many religious devotees, I watched in horror as the details of the massacre in Kenya unfolded.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Garissa University College students, parents, and employees who are devastated by this senseless violence. 

"I am deeply disturbed that there are members of the human family who believe they are avenging the sanctity of their faith by killing innocent students whose only desire is to educate themselves and create a hopeful future.  Where is the international outcry that repudiates these vile acts of terrorism?  Is our silence a form of surrender to these attacks on human dignity in Kenya and others in the Horn of Africa?

"I look forward to the day when we, as a community of nations, will protect and defend the propagation of the agencies of peace in the same way we defend the need to proliferate the agencies of war.  We must heed the words of one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  who cautioned that we must learn to live as brothers and sisters or we will perish as fools."