Three years ago, the country mourned over a terror attack at Westgate mall. The mall has since re-opened and resumed with normal activities. However, some Kenyans are yet to heal and come to terms with what happened.
Former Israeli deputy ambassador turned musician Gilad Milo is on a mission to help the country heal.
Famous for his song Unajua, Gilad has organised a concert dubbed ‘Westgate Live, Celebrating Life and Music.’
Gilad will be joined by fellow artistes Nameless and Nyashinski at the mall.
“This will be Nyashinki’s first show since he made a comeback. Nameless, on the other hand, will be showcasing 17 years of music. We will also have some victims attending. I live next to the mall and feel a personal loss because a friend lost their child during the attack. Music uplifts the soul and I hope it will bring happiness, healing and closure,” Gilad told Heads Up.
The event sponsored by The Nairobian will also feature other celebs like Wahu, Avril, Jeff Koinange, Willy Tuva, Juliani and Jaguar.
looting shops as the siege dragged on.
And although there are still many unanswered questions about the exact identities of the attackers, and how they were able to smuggle weapons in, the complex management says security has been dramatically improved.
Since the Westgate siege, al-Shabab has launched a number of high-profile attacks, including one on a university in Garissa, north-east Kenya, in which close to 150 people died in April 2015.
Our correspondent says al-Shabab is increasingly recruiting within Kenya.
Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall, the site of a deadly attack in which 67 people were killed and scores were injured in 2013, has reopened.
Security was tight around the mall as shop owners opened their businesses on Saturday for the first time since the attack.
The mall has installed x-ray machines, explosive detectors and bullet-proof guard towers.
Gunmen from the Somalia-based armed group al-Shabab stormed the popular mall on September 21, 2013, in a brazen attack that the group said was in retaliation for Kenya’s military operations in Somalia.