In Somalia, thousands of people poured into the streets of the capital Mogadishu Wednesday to protest the massive bombing on Saturday that killed more than 300 people and wounded 400 more. The protest was a response to a call by Mogadishu’s mayor to show unity in the face of the attack, which has been blamed on the militant group Al-Shabab. This is Mogadishu resident Fatina Nor.
Fatina Nor: “I feel for every Somali family that’s lost their loved one in the attack. That’s why we came out here, to protest against what happened on Saturday (October 14). We’re ready to defend our people against attack. Once again, I call for Somali people to be united in our country.”
On Wednesday, Pope Francis also prayed for the victims of the attack, which was the worst in Somalia in a decade.
Pope Francis: “I’d like to express my grief for the massacre that took place a few days ago in Mogadishu, Somalia, which killed more than 300 people, including some children. This terrorist act deserves the most severe condemnation, also because it targets an already strained population. I pray for the dead and wounded, for their families and for the entire population of Somalia. I beg for the conversion of those who commit violence, and encourage those who work with enormous difficulties.”