Battle of El Adde: Many questions still linger 3 years after deadly attack   

KDF soldiers carry a casket of their comrade Mr Eliakim Omenda, who was killed in January 2016 in an Al-Shabaab attack in El Adde, Somalia. PHOTO | NELCON ODHIAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • El Adde is the most emotive name in KDF. Conversation about it is awkward and unwelcome.

  • It is the nightmare that won’t go away and haunts the bosses at Defence Headquarters with unforgiving relentlessness every day.

  • The confirmed dead are gone and their families are pursuing compensation and closure.
  • The wounded are nursing their traumas — both physical and mental.

The wards of the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital on Mbagathi Way in Nairobi are named for the battles that claimed the most casualties during the decade-long Shifta campaign of the 1960s: Walgadud, Modogashe, Malkamari and others.


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