Kenyans plant trees in somber memorial for the Westgate Mall attack
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 00:51
Oct. 21 - Environmentalists and families of Kenyans killed in September mall attack, plant trees to honor those who died during mall siege. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Environmental groups and families of Kenyans killed in the September attack on Monday planted trees in memory of those who met their death during the four day mall siege.
A memorial plaque was erected and 70 trees planted for each each victim in a protected park north of Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD).
At least 67 people perished in the attack and hundred others injured after assailants associated with Somali militants, al-Shabaab, put the mall under siege trapping weekend shoppers at the upscale mall frequented by diplomats, experts and upper class Kenyans.
30-year-old Rapul Metul Shah lost her husband in the attack, expressed her gratitude for the site saying it offered bereaved families a platform to pay tribute to their loved ones.
"It is amazing what they have done, we are so humbled, we are so honored to be here. You know tree planting is such a noble cause and through this Metul and all the others who were victimized are going to live with us forever," she said.
The memorial area was christened 'Amani (peace in Swahili) Garden' and the ceremony was meant to coincide with the date the killings happened last month.
The attack, which was the worst on Kenyan soil since al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people, united Kenya's multi-ethnic community and sparked an outpouring of support for the military.
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