The Al-Shabaab kill 147 innocent students at Kenya College
Levs, Josh, and Holly Yan. "147 Killed in Kenya School Attack, Officials Say -
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On Thursday, April 2, an attack on innocent students at Garissa University College occurred in Kenya. The terrorist group responsible for the attack is called the Al-Shabaab. The Al-Shabaab is a Somali group that the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. According to the Council on Foreign Rlations, the goal of the Al-Shabaab is to turn Somali into a fundamentalist Islamic state. As a result, when the Al-Shabaab raided Garissa Universirty College, their main targets were the Christians—non-Muslims—who attended the university. Anyone who was Muslim was allowed to leave unharmed. Though the Al-Shabaab is in Somalia, they have often launched attacks inside Kenya since Kenyan government sent troops across the border to fight the group.
The Kenyan Government are against the Al-Shabaab—a Somali based terrorist group who believe that Somali should only be an Islamic state.
How This Conflict is Being Conducted
Al-Shabaab militants come in by foot and raid places such as the Garissa University College with weapons—such as guns and grenades—in pursuit of killing non-Muslims.
Cause of Conflict
The Al-Shabaab in Somalia wants to make Somalia a fundamentalist Islamic state. However, the Kenyan government sent troops over to Somalia in an attempt to stop the Al-Shabaab from killing innocent people. The Al-Shabaab, in turn, launched an attacked in Kenya since Kenya attacked them. In addition to getting back at Kenya, the Al-Shabaab's main reason for massacring 147 students was to terminate all non-Muslims.
Non-violent efforts being taken to solve the problem:
The Kenyan government has suggested building a wall along the border to keep out Al-Shabaab attacks. Also, the Kenyan government has offered amnesty to Al-Shabaab militants. Many of the leaders and fighters have accepted the offer and the government has accepted them. However, the government will continue to talk to anyone in the Al-Shabaab group who is willing to denounce violence. I don't think the wall will be very effective because they are not fighting fighters, but rather an ideology. Thus, a separation barrier will fix nothing. The amnesty offer is worth a try, however, it will be hard to get everyone on board.
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