Remembering those lost this month in Kenya

PHOTO | FILE Thick smoke billowing from the Westgate Mall after a huge explosion on September 23,2013.

What you need to know:

  • Like Londoners during the Blitz and New Yorkers after September 11th, Nairobians have shown that they are strongest when facing adversity.
  • In the shadow of the terrorist attack, a 'smaller' tragedy occurred in Western Province. As many of you will already have read in the newspapers, in the early hours of Tuesday 17 September Wanyama Wanyonyi, a lawyer in Western Kenya, was killed.
  • Wanyama also bravely served the families of people who disappeared during the Mt Elgon violence of 2006-8, despite the known risks of such work in Kenya.
  • The fact that he conducted his work largely outside of the public eye, without the prospect of fame or fortune, makes his sacrifice all the more remarkable.

The horrific terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi represents a national tragedy. The shock felt in Kenya is shared by those who love the country around the world.


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