A former Garissa University student married a soldier who came to her rescue during the Al Shabaab attack on the campus that killed 148 people.
21-year-old Maureen Mayengo had been hidding in a closet for 12 hours
when a contigent of the Kenya Defence Forces troops found her.
Among the soldiers was 25-year-old Ivan Okello based at Lanet, who married Ms Mayengo four months after the attack.
The two had met before but decided to tie the knot after the horrifying incident. Manyengo revealed to the Standard that she lovingly refers to her husband as her 'shield and defender'.
The Garissa survivor has since transferred to Moi University
alongside other affected students and hopes to formalise their marriage
after her graduation in a church wedding.
Mayengo lives in Lanet with her husband who is currently deployed in
Somalia where KDF is battling the Al shabaab militants under AMISOM.
In the interview, Mayengo divuldged that she was still traumatized by
the events of that fateful Thursday morning and vowed never to step
foot in Garissa University college.
On April 2nd 2015 armed gunmen stormed Garissa University College
shooting randomly at students before members of the elite RECCE squad
neutralised the attackers.
On Saturday, Kenyans marked one year since the attack which was the
deadliest since the 1998 Unites States Embassy bombing in Nairobi.