My mama is 79. Wednesday night is her bible study. Just like Ms. Ethel Lee Lance, mama has her circle of church going elders—black women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s for whom church is home. Maybe even safer than home. Their pain was safe in the hands of this particular Jesus. Unshed tears from the Middle Passage were here. Friendships decades deep were here. Sanctuary was here. Comfort, too. Prayers unheard by a black community too often deaf to the pain of black girls and women were heard here, by this Jesus. Or so they thought.
al-Shabab gunmen led a rampage on the Garissa University College campus in eastern Kenya Tuesday morning, killing at least 15 people and taking an unknown number of hostages. The National Disaster Operation Center of Kenya told the New York Times that 65 people were admitted to a local hospital, “most with gunshot wounds.”
A man tries to escape from a tear-gas-filled building at Nairobi University before being chased back inside by riot police on Tuesday. Kenyan university students protested a proposed increase in fees, but that turned into battles between students throwing rocks and security firing tear gas. Image via Ben Curtis/AP.
There were reports of “large explosions” and gunfire as Kenyan forces continued their operation to free the remaining hostages in Nairobi's Westgate mall. In the three days since the attack began, 62 people have been killed, with at least another 175 injured, including many children. Two of the alleged terrorists are now confirmed dead.