Peter Kinuthia’s battered Nokia beeped early Thursday: “Alshabab R killing us goodbye if we won’t make it I loved you all,” read the panicked message from his daughter, Salome.
The young student was trapped at Garissa University College, where at least 148 people died Thursday in an attack by the Somali Islamist militant group Shabab, whose gunmen targeted Christians on the multidenominational campus.
The devastated 70-year-old farmer called Salome back immediately. She sent another message, saying she couldn’t speak. When he called again half an hour later, the phone was off.
On Saturday morning, the anguished father was referring to his daughter in the past...