Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dear Nairobi,

People of and near Nairobi, I empathize with you.

You now must feel the same way New Yorkers (and much of the USA) did in the days after the September 11 attacks. Places we thought were safe and sacred were violated, becoming showcases of unimaginbale horror and human tragedy. many innocent lives were lost.

Some worry the attack could damage Kenya's economy, specifically its $1 billion-a-year tourism industry.

In the gloomy days following 9/11, New York too was in a State of Haze. Instead of people abandoning the City, they came from other places in record numbers to foster healing and participate in rebuilding the greatest city on earth.

Nairobi will bounce back.

BBC ::: The armed siege at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has focused attention on the al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab. When the attack happened, the BBC's Panorama programme had been investigating the recruitment pipeline of young Muslims through Kenya to join the Islamist group in Somalia. [*]

NEW YORK TIMES ::: In search of the White Widow

IMAGES shot by an eyewitness (WARNING graphic violence depicted)

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