15 years after Nairobi bombing; how we all became ‘children’ of terrorism

What you need to know:

  • After the bombings, red carpets were being rolled out in Western capitals for African leaders with the worst governance record, as long they had become “partners” in the anti-terrorism fight
  • It is easy to forget, but before the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam attacks, and especially 9/11 in the USA, immigration desks at most African airports didn’t have computers and a majority of security checkpoints didn’t have scanners
  • The introduction of computers and deployment of electronic fingerprinting led to the retraining of immigration officers, and the recruitment of the younger officers you see today

On Wednesday, part of the arrivals terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was gutted by fire. Many TV presenters and voices on social media noted that the day was also the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.


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