Kenya Westgate mall siege: the victims

The victims of the attack on Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi were from around the world. So far it has been reported that 62 people died, 63 are missing and about 200 were injured.

Ghana

Kofi Awoonor. Picture: theguardian.co.uk
Kofi Awoonor. Picture: theguardian.co.uk

Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the UN. Ghana’s ministry of information said Awoonor’s son was injured and is responding to treatment.

Ghana’s poetry foundation said on its website that Awoonor went into exile after Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was driven out in a coup in 1966. He studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his dissertation was published in 1975. He returned to Ghana and was later jailed for alleged involvement in a coup plot. His time in prison was recounted in The House by the Sea (1978), the foundation said.

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Here are details about some of those who were killed or wounded.

Australia

Architect Ross Langdon. Picture: tedxkrakow.com
Architect Ross Langdon. Picture: tedxkrakow.com

Architect Ross Langdon worked in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, creating eco-lodges and socially sustainable tourism in ecologically sensitive locations. He said at a conference last year that he thought trying to adapt to one’s environment was a better way to express respect for the communities in which he was working. “I thought it might be better to be like a chameleon – able to adapt and change and blend with our environment rather than conquer it,” he said.

British media reported he was a dual national, though the Foreign Office did not identify British victims by name.

The Netherlands

Elif Yavuz with former US president Bill Clinton. Picture: Facebook
Elif Yavuz with former US president Bill Clinton. Picture: Facebook

Elif Yavuz was a senior vaccines researcher for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, according to a statement from the Clinton family. “Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly,” the Clintons said.


She had completed her dissertation research on malaria in eastern Africa and graduated this year from Harvard University’s department of global health and population, the school said.

Yavuz, 33, was Langdon’s partner and was expecting their first child in early October.

Peru
Juan Ortiz-Iruri was a retired tropical disease specialist for Unicef who had lived for 25 years in Africa, according to Unicef and Peruvian foreign ministry spokesman Alejandro Neyra.

His son, Ricardo Ortiz, told Radio RPP that Ortiz-Iruri entered the mall accompanied by his daughter, a 13-year-old born in the US. She suffered a hand injury, but is out of danger.

Kenya

Ruhila Adatia-Sood. Picture: Facebook
Ruhila Adatia-Sood. Picture: Facebook

Ruhila Adatia-Sood was a popular radio and TV personality in Kenya and her husband worked for the US Agency for International Development in Nairobi. She was expecting a child.

Mitul Shah was president of the Bidco United football team in Kenya, Football Kenya spokesman John Kaniuki said. Shah worked for the Bidco cooking oil company and was reportedly attending a promotional cooking event with children at the mall.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew and the nephew’s fiancee were also among the dead.

India
Sridhar Natarajan, 40, and Parmashu Jain, 8, were killed and four Indians were wounded, the external affairs ministry said.

Canada
Annemarie Desloges, a border services liaison officer in Canada’s High Commission to Kenya, “was one of our bright young lights, and hers was a career brimming with promise”, said Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

She was a 29-year-old from a “foreign service family” and had accompanied her parents on overseas postings before deciding to follow in their footsteps in 2006.

Vancouver businessman Naguib Damji also died in the attack, a daughter and niece confirmed to various media.

Two sisters from Toronto, 17-year-old Fardosa Abdi and 16-year-old Dheeman Abdi, were seriously injured. Their aunt Hodan Hassan said from her home in Minnesota that Fardosa was in critical condition with severe leg injuries.

Switzerland
One Swiss citizen was injured, but the embassy would not provide the victim’s name.

Britain
The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, said six British deaths occurred and the number could rise.

They include Zahira Bawa and her eight-year-old daughter Jenah, from Leamington Spa in central England, a relative told the Press Association.

France
Two French women were killed, the French president, François Hollande, said.

South Africa

James Thomas. Picture: M&G
James Thomas. Picture: M&G

One South African citizen was killed, according to the country’s international relations department.

China
A 38-year-old Chinese woman with the surname Zhou who worked in the real estate industry was killed, state media said. Her son was injured in the attack and was in stable condition in a hospital, according to the Chinese embassy in Kenya.

US
Five American citizens were injured, US officials have said.

New Zealand
Andrew McLaren, 34, a New Zealander who managed a factory in Kenya for the avocado oil company Olivado, was wounded in the attack, the New Zealand ministry of foreign affairs confirmed. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

Trinidad and Tobago

Parents Bisnath and Parbatie Ramrattan look at a photograph of their son Ravindra Ramrattan who was killed in a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya at the weekend. The Ramrattans are from Monroe Road, Cunupia. Picture: Trevor Watson
Parents Bisnath and Parbatie Ramrattan look at a photograph of their son Ravindra Ramrattan who was killed in a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya at the weekend. The Ramrattans are from Monroe Road, Cunupia. Picture: Trevor Watson

London School of Economics and Cambridge graduate Ravindra Ramrattan was also killed in the attack on the Westgate mall.

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21 Comments

  1. Our deepest condolences to the families of the murdered. BY THE WAY – about 50 or so ordinary Kenyans were killed as well but I guess they don’t matter enough to go through the trouble of finding out who they were or what they looked like.

    1. As usual – high profile people get the attention – if there was a bombing in shooting in Canada and a Zim diplomat was killed, he or she would get profiled for sure.

      I would like to see a story about all the people who were killed as well though. It is a tragedy for every family.

  2. Ko comando inembiri mu zim yakadii ku tumigwa kunoita basa?

  3. Tumirai 5 maSnipers and its a done deal.

  4. why not the world eliminates he terrorists from their source.they should comb Somalia and eliminate them one by one.they must capture those still inside the mall alive and torture them until they disclose all their bases.ha.why is it that the whole world is troubled by known terrorists.who is sponsoring them?

    1. Torture cannot be allowed under any circumstances.

    2. The Arabs and Pakistanis are the main funders of international terrorism

      1. Actually, the CIA continues to be the main sponsor of terrorist organisations around the world, as a matter of fact.

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  6. sympathy i feel to the relatives of those died. vanhu havachaona kukosha kweupenyu hwakapuhwa namwari amana, kungouraya kunge urikuuraya huku here amana

  7. I feel sorry 4 thoz who lost friends and relatives in da tragedy. Zim cant send commandos coz its economy is sneezing

    1. Also, if we send our commandos to kill international terrorists, the terrorists might come here and plant bombs.

      The terrorists know that Zimbabwe (usually) doesn’t bother other countries and people, we mind our own business (most of the time).

  8. We are in a good position because we don’t have a Muslim majority country on our borders, if we did we would be having issues with Islamic terrorists.

  9. So true Scotv, spare a thought also for the thousands of faceless and nameless Somalis that have been displaced and killed since 1986. We have to ask, why are Somalis in Kenya? Because Kenyans are fighting against them in Somalia. Why are the Kenyans in Somalia, because Somalis attacked their tourists. Why did the Somalis attack the tourist, because they are from countries that have been destabilizing Somalia since 1986. It’s a circle of violence and all the Somalis want is their country and
    their lifestyle of choice. But unfortunately they do not have the press to highlight their plight, their casualties and their political objectives. Kenyans and perennial regional hired guns, Uganda and Ethiopia are fighting a proxy war. And when the war does visits them, we should ask why?
    We were once called terrorists too!

    1. These people would call you and I all kinds of names, they are Islamic extremists. They are an al-Qaeda proxy – al- Shabbab – their goal is an Islamic society throughout the entire world.

      How were Zimbabweans treated in Libya? How do you think these people would treat us? To them, we are also the enemy because we aren’t Muslim.

    2. Why can’t people take responsibility for their own actions? Every time Muslims go around the world killing people it’s because someone is “destabalizing” them or “oppressing” them or something else.

      Just look at Pakistan, they are so disunited and against eachother. So many sects of Islam and political parties killing each other. Then they blame India for all of their internal problems.

    3. Look what is happeneing in South Sudan. Sudan was ruled by Arabs and people of Arab/African mixture. The Southern indigenous tribes wanted independence. They got it with a lot of international help. Now they’re all fighting amongst eachother. I’m sure you’ll want to blame someone for that as well. It must be the white man hey? After all, the white man has never done anything good for humanity and he is to blame for every last problem of every last person on the planet? Is that right?

      1. As a matter of fact, all major conflicts around the world today are because of a greedy white oligarchy in need of cheap labour, oil, diamonds, uranium, platinum, tantalum, flora and the like that are found in corners of the world rich in the mentioned resources, the same corners of the world entangled in bitter ‘tribal’ conflicts and wars against ‘terror.’

  10. @Hood, you equate Islam to terrorism? I bet you do not know of any Christian fundamentalist groups! After years of destalisation, Muslims are pushing back. Don’t cry now!

  11. Islam does teach its followers to wage a jihad against infidels, it is a fact and i find that to be disturbing. However, all Muslims that I know personally are really good people and I am sure they disagree with extremists who I imagine to be a minority. I disagree with the fundamentalists’ methods. At the end of the day, most if not all people groups are fighting one system/philosophy or another and it is the scum bags that take the fight to innocents. Such scum bags are Islamic Extremists and the US Government. It is wrong to shoot and blow up Kenyans at the mall just as it is wrong to kill Iraqi school children by drone strikes.

  12. @Scotv, you forgot to mention drones on
    innocent Somali children.

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