Anyone who’s new to Nairobi can just walk right now along 14 Riverside Drive Complex at the Dusit D2 hotel oblivious of the fact that exactly a year ago today, the place smelt of chaos and death. For anyone else familiar, the memories still linger. And as much we may say this a thousand times, it is still hard to see a place where people are walking around peacefully now had 21 lives lost in less than a day just a year ago.
On January 15th, 2019, Somalia’s notorious terrorist group, Al Shabab put the whole country and its capital to an abrupt stop when they invaded Dusit D2 hotel. Thanks to the able security forces, the situation was contained successfully with hundreds of civilians surviving the ordeal.
For those who were lucky to survive together with millions of other Kenyans, the memories may not be sweet at all but are still there. The hotel was later reopened six months after the horror and one year on, survivors are still seeking help to get through the trauma.
For the anniversary, Kenyans all over social media have spoken out to once again speak encouraging words to the families that were affected and the survivors of the Dusit D2 attack.
Today marks one year since the terrorist attack on the DusitD2 complex in Nairobi which killed 21 people, including 1 UK national. During my recent visit to Kenya, I paid my respects. pic.twitter.com/OrcXRQtOHp
— Alok Sharma (@AlokSharma_RDG) January 15, 2020
Can't believe it's been a year. Some didn't make it out of Dusit, but I'm grateful I'm one of those that made it out. Never take for granted the gift of life, always give thanks. https://t.co/LhP60CIXq3
— brian kuira (@kuirab) January 15, 2020
We remember all those we lost in dusit d2 attack and we thank everyone who helped our security personnel to end the siege
— Patriot Emmanuel (@Patriot_em) January 15, 2020
A day like this (15th January )last year alshabaab militia invaded Dusit D2 .The attack left 21 innocent people dead . May their souls rest in peace
📸 (Photos Credits ) pic.twitter.com/PbbpDyE2Gn
— KIPROTIČH GENERALI 🇰🇪 (@ItsKiprotich1) January 15, 2020
Today marks the 1st anniversary of the horrid terror attack at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi.
Praying for the families that lost loved ones, may they receive comfort.For the survivors who continue to face each day bravel, may the wounds heal & your strength renewed. #WeRemember ❤
— Diana (@DianaNgao) January 15, 2020