Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why is the FBI in Nairobi? Because the attack there was just a test-run...

... in my humble opinion. This attack should be a "wake up" call.  Time after time we are witnessing how effective gun control isn't.  Meanwhile in Kenya, FBI and U.S intelligence officials are "aggressively" investigating whether or not Americans were among the militants who attacked the mall, a federal law enforcement source told the media.

British businessman Louis Bawa confirmed his daughter Jenah, eight, and wife Zahira were among the dead. Also killed: renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor

And well-known broadcaster, Ruhila Adatia, pictured at left. 

She was reportedly pregnant. She had been hosting a cooking competition for children at the rooftop of the now infamous Westgate Mall.  

 Ross Langdon and Elif Yavuz, a couple who were expecting their first child, lived in Dar es Salaam but were in Nairobi to have their baby there because they preferred the city's medical care. Elif had completed her PhD at the Harvard University's School of Public Health. She moved to Dar es Salaam to work for the Clinton Foundation. Here she is, meeting with President Bill Clinton during his visit to Tanzania in August. Read the complete story on Global Voices.
Elif Yavuz meeting with President Bill Clinton during his visit to Tanzania in August
Elif Yavuz meeting with former US President Bill Clinton during his visit to Tanzania in August 2013. Photo via Ms. Yavuz's Facebook page.

Global Voices' Shurufu is a Tanzanian journalist based in Dar es Salaam. He tweets at @shurufu. He has filed a story "Global Voices Author Remembers Friends Slain in Nairobi Mall Attack"   Also check out his his post How the Nairobi Mall Attack Unfolded on Social Media.

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