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Kenya marks 22 years since the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Nairobi

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Kenya on Friday marked 22 years since the Bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi that happened on 7th August 1998.

While remembering those who lost their lives on that fateful day, the US Embassy through its twitter account condoled with family members who lost their loved ones.

“Today, we remember Aug 7, 1998 & mourn those who were killed. We stand with all who were injured or affected by this brutal attack. In an awful moment, the lives of thousands changed forever. Kenya and the United States remain united and steadfast in the fight against terrorism.” read the message

Family members who visited the Bomb Blast Memorial park on Friday were forced to do things differently this year in order to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines.

Only 15 members among them survivors, were allowed into the park during the Friday memorial in order to avoid a gathering in line with the Ministry of health’s guidelines on Covid-19.

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Speaking to Ghetto Radio News, Ali Mwadama who is the chairman of the Bom blast 1998 Association,  said the government has abandoned them.

“For a while we have tried reaching out for the government’s health for while so we decided every year we visit this place and do our prayers then we leave. The biggest challenge is that the government has remained mum for twenty two years. They do not know how we live, if we are okay. We have never received any help from the government. For today however we are grateful for women representative Esther Passaris for helping us with masks but we hope we would get more.” he said

Khadija Abdala who was 37 years old at the time  recounted that day’s events that left her an amputee.

Khadija who had taken a cheque to the premises on that day says her life has not been the same since adding that she is now forced to live entirely on medicinal drugs.

“The government abandoned us since yet some of us are forced to live entirely on drugs. We tried reaching out to the US Embassy and they advised us to talk to our government. We have never received a dime yet our livelihoods were changed forever.” Khadija said