"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

8.07.2009

lest we forget...

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These acts of terrorism killed 212 Kenyans, eleven Tanzanians, and twelve Americans, as well as injuring thousands of innocent bystanders.

I studied abroad in Nairobi in the fall of 1998. The aftermath of the attack - the bombed-out buildings, the tall shell of the Cooperative Bank tower next door, and the huge pile of rubble in the train station yard across the street - remains among the worst things I have ever seen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and with those who still struggle to recover from that awful day.

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