113 Garissa attack bodies identified

113 bodies have been positively identified out of the 147 killed in the Garissa campus attack.


Government pathologist Johanes Oduor who is coordinating the exercise says of the 113 bodies, 64 were identified through fingerprints by CID officers, while 34 others were physically identified by family members while 15 bodies were identified by the National Registration Bureau.

The process might end on Wednesday to pave way for the final send off of the victims starting Thursday.

“We are still on the others, the process is continuing, hopefully the identification process will end today. We have a team 15 pathologists undertaking the process” said government pathologist Dr Johannes Odour.

At Chiromo mortuary however the situation was dire, with anxious relatives losing their patience.

The education committee of parliament visited the mortuary to condole with the families and like other well wishers gave their donations while condemning the attack.

The government has pledged to foot the mortuary and transportation costs for the affected families as well as a compensation of 100,000 shillings for each life lost.

Elsewhere, blood donation for the Garissa victims entered its second day Tuesday morning.

Many Kenyans are turning up to stand in solidarity with all those who sustained injuries following the heinous attack that left 148 people dead.

The close to 80 survivors are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Garissa and Nairobi.

The exercise, which kicked off on Monday at Kencom Bus Terminus, targets to raise 2,000 units of blood in aid of the victims.

As early as 9 O’clock Tuesday morning, Kenyans had heeded to the call and huge paints of blood had been collected from well wishers.

For Hazadi Gatua who turns 18 Tuesday, this is the best birthday gift ever to give out to fellow Kenyans in need of blood.

Organizers of the initiative hope by the end of the Tuesday, they will achieve their intended target that is to collect as much blood as possible in aid of the victims.

Upon arrival for the initiative, all donors are taken through four easy steps including registration, medical history and quick physical checkup, donation, and refreshments.

To donate blood, it is recommended that one must weigh more than 50 kilograms, be between 16 and 65 years and take a meal before donating blood. Ones medical history is also a key component factored.

The blood drive is an initiative of St. John Ambulance together with the National Blood Transfusion Service and Blood link foundation.

Officials remain optimistic that they will meet their intended target of 2,000 units of blood over the next three days.