Dozens of Kenyans gathered Saturday for a candlelight vigil in the heart of the capital, Nairobi, to empathize with the suffering of the people in Palestine.
As candles flickered, Kenyans came forward to share their thoughts and prayed for the women, children, and all civilians who lost their lives in the conflict which has entered its second week.
“It’s heartbreaking to see innocent lives lost every day due to the indiscriminate bombings by Israeli drones. Children are dying, families are being torn apart, and the world must take action to end this cycle of violence,” said Aisha Ahmed.
Yusuf Hassan, a student, emphasized the need for peace.
“We stand and empathize with the people of Palestine and call for an immediate cease-fire. The world must come together to end the suffering and loss of life,” he said.
Ahmed Ibrahim, a member of Kenyans 4 Palestine, said: “Our goal is to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict and the suffering of the Palestinian people. We believe in a world where everyone can live in peace and security.”
“The world’s nations must unite to ensure a just and lasting solution for Palestine,” he said.
The event was organized by Kenyans 4 Palestine, The Pan African Palestine Solidarity Network (PAPSN) and the podcast Until Everyone is Free. It was hosted at Cheche Bookshop.
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