On Saturday morning, Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall came under a four-day attack, for which the Somalian jihadist group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. Every time a group claims responsibility for atrocities like this, it fills me with disgust. How can anyone be proud that they’ve done something so awful to innocent civilians? So many lives have been destroyed, and the most harrowing deaths I have heard about so far are that of British-Australian architect Ross Langdon, and his girlfriend, Elif Yavuz, who was carrying the couple’s first child. It was two weeks away from being born, which to me is a life wasted, and it hadn’t even begun properly.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta declared that the siege was over in a televised address, and that “the worst” of the crisis is now over. Yet al Shabaab has claimed that its militants are still in control of parts of Westgate Shopping Centre. I’m worried that there will be repercussions on Somalian families that live in the area. In every group of people, there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ people. Who knows what made the ‘bad’ choose their way of life? That’s a discussion to be had another day, but what I’m trying to say is, no group of people is entirely good or bad. Somalians living in Kenya may feel isolated after this attack, even though they may have had nothing to do with it.
Most importantly, we must remember that at least 68 people are now dead because of this attack, and more than 175 people are injured. They were probably going about their normal routines on that fateful Saturday morning, and now nothing can bring back the innocent dead.