The massacre of young Garissa students aroused a genuine feeling of sadness and dread in France. The murder of young people engaged in their studies deeply upset our compatriots, large numbers of whom expressed this, on social networks in particular. The whole world was at one with France on 11 January, so I wanted to come over here and signal France’s solidarity with the Kenyan people in the face of this tragedy.
This morning in Nairobi I met Professor Richard Kiprono Mibey, Vice-Chancellor of Moi University, which Garissa University College comes under. His university was hit hard, and many students injured in the attack will not be able to return to their studies until they have completely recovered.
As Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said yesterday, this heinous act must not prevent them from preparing for the future.
France stands alongside the students injured in the attack and will support them so they can go on with their studies.
With the university closed, Professor Mibey and I talked about the practical arrangements for aid, including material aid, which France could make available to help these young people overcome their trauma and get back to their courses as smoothly as possible.
I am more than ever convinced that education and science are the best bulwarks against fanaticism and barbarity./.