Third day of mourning the Westgate seige…
Its clear that people are still shaken and truly sad. The air is dull and dry and there are not too many people frequenting places. Some people seem to get “the eye” more than others, but one thing is for sure, nothing is forgotten.
As we respect those who lost their lives, those unaccounted for and those healing and traumatized, let’s do it in a way they would appreciate it. Lets donate: blood, service, money and any other applicable service, be there in spirit-genuinely and most of all, enjoy life!
There are very many lingering souls trying to find a purpose or chance of recognition. Some on the negative side and some on the positive side. Therefore, if you wish to contribute to a positive and happy atmosphere, you MUST do that genuinely. Do not use atrocity to promote your image, self, brand or views… more so, blatantly. Its quite distasteful.
Let’s also remember why we are alive, to live! To keep reminding ourselves that breath is a gift in itself so, do something today! Try find your purpose, seek and you shall find!
Life continues… time heals all wounds and everything happens for a reason.
Live your Life!
On one beautiful, sunny, eager Saturday afternoon in Westy, Nairobi, what was the last thing would you ever imagine happening around? Ill tell you; the fracuse of gun shot sounds and loud explosions (combined).
Not at 12:00pm, not at a public shopping mall and certainly not, terrorism!
I left home for Sarit at 11:00 to run an errand… however, the ATM machine I went to use there wasn’t working. I met a friend who’m we were to meet at Art Cafe for a meeting at 11:00am, oh well, we were both late. Told him ill use the one at Oilybia and catch them later at the meeting. Rushed to Oilybia and this machine didn’t work. Frustrated I went to N.Ukay coz I was looking too busted for Westgate. So i used the machine and went home to change and pick my sister up.
I remember telling her, “We have to stop being those girls that walk in meeting late…”, it had become a habit for the past few weeks… Right as we are leaving, we hear guns blazing and a few loud noises. I call my friends to ask if they heard it too… No one picked up but they called back and said that they are on the floor and that we shouldn’t come. Oh thank God, we were not in the midst of all that danger and fear.
However, we were worried about everyone there, and luckily, my friends at Art Cafe, sited at the balcony managed to escape and run to my house after lengthy contemplation in all the confusion!
As we sat and saw the events on TV unfold. It was still so surreal… How could anyone do this to innocent people, young children waiting to have some fun there all day, where you trust to invite anyone you love… One of the safest places Nairobi thought for visiting, how?
It dawned on Kenyans sooner or later that what we are facing here is evil that exists in some parts of this world. With hostages captured and people hiding, desperately fearing for their lives… how do Kenyans react best? They got together all the possible resources around- hospitals, KDF, police, news anchors and volunteers worked together facing an “unknown” danger to save what is ours, lives and livelihood. #Applause
That is what i respect about us, the courage to move on as everything in Westy still seems to continue as usual (with lots of cautious eyes and movement) of course. Spring Valley retail shops and New Muthaiga shopping mall have been good to all neighbouring residence.
That’s the Kenyan spirit. So till the investigators and government get to the bottom of this, be a good citizen and pray for the recovery of those injured and traumatized, donate blood, donate money, smile to your neighbours, ask how someone is doing…anything you can manage to help people stay positive!
And I respect UK for keeping his emotions in check and not doing/saying anything rush because if I was president I would be f***ing pissed! ><
Many people where headed there or had just left the mall. Seeing all my family, friends and neighbours now feels like a blessing. For the departed souls who left us too soon, may you all rest in eternal peace as we moan and feel for your friends and families.
We shall regain our peace and tranquility!