A survivor of Kenya’s university massacre who hid in a wardrobe for two days too terrified to come out was rescued safely on Saturday, dehydrated but apparently unharmed, Kenya Red Cross said.
Cynthia Cheroitich (19) told The Associated Press from her hospital gurney that she hid in a wardrobe and covered herself with clothes, refusing to emerge even when some of her classmates came out of hiding at the demands of the gunmen from the al-Shabab group.
She was rescued shortly before 10 a.m., according to Kenyan officials.
Ms. Cheroitich said she didn’t believe that rescuers urging her to come out of her hiding place were there to help, suspecting at first that they were militants.
“How do I know that you are the Kenyan police?” she said she asked them.
Only when Kenyan security forces had one of her teachers appeal to her did she come out, she said.
“I was just praying to my God,” Ms. Cheroitich, a Christian, said of her ordeal.
Cheroitich appeared tired and thirsty, sipping on yoghurt and a soft drink, but otherwise seemed in good health. She said she drank a body lotion because she was so thirsty and hungry while in hiding.