March 4, 2015

Robert Alai, Kenyan Blogger, Earns Praise for Coverage of Terror Attack at Westgate Mall

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Kenyan blogger Robert Alai has utilized Twitter and Facebook to, over the course of the Westgate mall attack and subsequent hostage situation, deliver live coverage to over 100,000 people. Alai has earned praise from both fellow Kenyans and people following the situation abroad for his quick updates, a mixture of information from sources and official accounts. “On behalf of Kenyans in Australia, thanks mate for keeping us updated,” said Daniel Ngari via Twitter to Alai. “i followed all social media channels and live streams you were both reliable and timely on your info – thank you – good job man!”…

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Candle Light Vigil to be held in Dallas in memory of Westgate Mall victims

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Midwest Kenya Diaspora Advisory council, all Kenyans in DFW and friends of Kenyans in DFW will meet Friday night from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in memory of lives lost and in support of those injured in the Westgate Mall attack. We want to stand together in support of all affected. More info to follow. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD It will be held in the parking lot of Afrika Fusion Restaurant 18900 Dallas Parkway ,Dallas, Texas 75287 ————————————————————————————————————————- The Kenyan community in Dallas will gather tonight in remembrance of those killed during during a four-day siege at the Westgate Mall…

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NPR Reporter: Malls in Nairobi are a kind of shelter from the city’s dangerous streets

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National Public Radio (NPR’s) Gregory Warner today outdid himself when giving an interview on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News with Steve Inskeep and David Greene. The duo was discussing the situation in the Westgate mall where a group of terrorists invaded and started shooting indiscriminately. Warners interview seemed to be progressing well until he was asked how a place that felt so secure for Kenyans was attacked this way. Here is the transcript of what he said INSKEEP: OK. Just got a couple seconds, here. But what does it mean that this place that felt so secure for Kenyans was attacked in…

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Kenyan immigrants in Massachusetts stage protest against Londonderry church

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LONDONDERRY — Allegations of sexual misconduct and racial tension are at the root of an ongoing strife between a Massachusetts-based Kenyan congregation and the Londonderry-based Presbytery of Northern New England (PNNE). On Friday morning about 20 members of the Ushindi Christian Fellowship, a Lowell, Mass., church comprised of approximately 300 Kenyan immigrants, demonstrated across the street of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, which houses the regional Presbytery offices. Protestors allege that PNNE is unjustly withholding more than $300,000 in funds the Kenyan congregation has raised over the past eight years — money they’d planned to use to build a new church as…

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Mom: Kenya mall attackers gave my two kids chocolate bars— and let us leave

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Children Emily, 6, and Eliot, 4, miraculously survived when a terrorist gave mother Pauline’s kids Mars bars and told her she had to change her religion to Islam. “Naturally, I was going to say whatever they wanted and they let us go,” she said. Bloodthirsty jihadists who stormed a Kenyan mall played a sick quiz game with victims, killing those failing to name the Prophet Muhammad’s mother and sparing those who could. The bizarre game of life and death came amid the gunfire, grenade blasts and screams of the doomed in the swanky Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi, survivors said. One French…

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Westgate Mall attack fuels fears of backlash against Somali-American community

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As details about the deadly attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi continue to emerge, many online have begun to worry about a potential backlash against Somali-Americans. The group responsible for the violence, al-Shabab, is know to have recruited Americans in previous years and stated that three of the attackers at Westgate were US citizens, although that cannot be independently confirmed. As the crisis unfolded, some Somali-Americans on Twitter expressed worry that their community would be subject to heightened scrutiny. In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Representative Peter King (R-NY) encouraged local and federal law enforcement to investigate Somali-American communities to prevent a “follow-up” attack on US…

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Kenyan man from Worcester MA, found dead in California

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A Kenyan man who was reported missing by his family two weeks ago has been found dead. John Kamau Muthee who was reported missing from Worcester, Massachusetts was found floating under the Golden Gate Bridge in California. His family was notified on Saturday ending the search. No cause of death has been determined as of now. He was an engineering student in his third year at WPI in Worcester MA. He is survived by his parents Joseph Muthee and Cecilia Muthee of Kenya and siblings Julie Muthee (Boston MA), Paul Muthee (Kenya) and James Muthee (Kenya). Family and friends will be having prayers…

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Muslim convert from Meru arrested over Westgate Mall attack

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A 33-year-old recent Muslim convert from Meru is being held following the Westgate mall attack. Identified as Ali Hassan Gitonga from Gikurumene village in Meru, police say Gitonga is part of sleeper terrorist cell based in Eastleigh’s Majengo area. He is alleged to have travelled to Somalia for training with Al Shabaab sometime in 2011 and returned home late last year after the Kenya Defence Forces moved in to kick out the the militia group. He has been living in Eastleigh Section Three since then and was a frequent visitor to the Riyadha Mosque. Yesterday, Deputy Inspector General of Police…

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BREAKING NEWS: All Westgate Mall attackers neutralized, KDF takes over entire building

The Kenya Defence Forces have secured the Westgate mall after, killing three suspected terrorists and apprehending 11 others and promising to “punish” any others they encounter. The standoff ended after a three-day hostage standoff with the Al-Shabaab rebel group that has killed at least 62 people and injured 175, police said. “We have taken control of all the floors,” Kenyan police said via an official Twitter account. “We’re not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish. “We can confirm that three terrorists have been killed so far, a few others have suffered injuries.”. The KDF…

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Video:William Ruto’s passionate speech at JKIA on Westgate Attack

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Deputy President William Ruto made an impassionate speech upon his return to Kenya from the Hague. Ruto spoke soon after his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after he was granted one week leave by the International Criminal Court where he was defending himself in a case where he is accused of being involved in the 2007/2008 post election violence. The trial against Deputy President William Ruto and his co accused Joshua arap Sang were adjourned as the ICC Prosecutor and lawyers for Ruto haggle over how much time he needs to be away in Kenya due to the terror…

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