WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Friday afternoon about forty people gathered outside the Rhattigan Student Center at Wichita State University to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. This is after countless protests across the country have done the same, saying they've had enough.

"This is psychological torture. You know I cry every day like a baby," said one protester Karim Jabril.

He says these last six months have been especially hard. His dad was born in Palestine so he has a strong connection. He said it hurts seeing one of the countries he loves so dearly hurting.

"You know you pout but what can you do? You can't do nothing other than what we're doing now," he said.

He wanted to at least try to do something.

The war on Gaza started six months ago when Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel. Students have been protesting at universities all across the country, hoping for peace.

Student organizer Kendah Ballout says she was inspired seeing other protests on college campuses advocating for the same thing, and she wanted to show the world that Wichita cares too.

"We are involved in this, you know? Whether or not you like that," said Ballout.

She says it's hard to see her close friends from Palestine worry nonstop about their friends and family back home.

"I want to fight for them. I want them and their families to experience peace and justice within their lifetime," she said.

Both WSU students and community members stood united as one, filling the quad with chants as they called for peace in the Middle East.