Kenyan victims still await compensation 20 years after US embassies attack

A file picture taken on August 7, 1998 shows rescuers working to help survivors amid the devastation brought in by a bomb explosion near the US embassy in Nairobi. Twenty years after the bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Kenyans and Tanzanians affected by the attacks are still struggling to gain compensation through the US judicial and legislative systems. PHOTO | ALEXANDER JOE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Kenyans and Tanzanians harmed by the blasts and unaffiliated with the US government have been unable to gain compensation through US courts.
  • USAID provided a total of nearly $45 million to the families of 173 Kenyan citizens killed or injured in the explosion.

  • The funds mainly came in the form of coverage for medical expenses.

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