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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:11 pm    Post subject: Ismailis killed in the Nairobi Westgate terrorist attack. Reply with quote

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Both ***and I were in the mall in hiding. we were rescued after 3 or so hours of hiding and brought out by the secret police. when we were being rescued, we did not know whether it was the terrorists or the police that was rescuing us. yes it was very tense as we did not know what was going on or when the terrorists would come into our area and start shooting us down. Shukhar Mowla that Mowla Bapa was right by us looking after us the whole time. They had grenades and automatic weapons. We are very shaken and are feeling quite traumatized. tomorrow we go to see a councillor to assist with the mental coping mechanism of the ordeal.

I am shaken in that I am not comfortable going out and when i hear any noise i become tense, etc.. we hear there are about 70 or so hostages still captive in the mall and there are 5-6 ismailis amongst them. 4 ismailis already died. tomorrow is funeral of 27 year old boy. 31 year old pregnant lady shot in leg and bled to death. 44 year old woman funeral tuesday. 57 year old man from vancouver shot dead. for any more casualties do not know at this point as siege is still going on. The terrorists have threatened they will not negotiate and that if the police force from somalia are not withdrawn they will start blowing up other places in the city. my flight to leave is thursday but am scared as what if they start threatening the flights or the airport. Only Mowla knows what I should do. tomorrow jamati satado starts. pray for the kenya jamat and peoples.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two of my daughter's school friends were there, both died in the attack yesterday at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Both were kids and studied at the Aga Khan Junior Academy a couple of years ago with my daughter.

One of them died there with her accompanying mother.

Another Ismaili tourist from Vancouver also dies there. His name was Naguib. Many Muslims died, killed by the terrorists. In Kenya, most Muslims live in the Coast area, Mombasa, Lamu etc...

If one was to look at the proportion of Muslim in Nairobi, more Muslims have died in this tragedy than any of the other community. For example there are max. 4,000 Ismaili Muslim in Nairobi out of a population of 4 Millions but 8 Ismaili Muslims died at Westgate out of 80 total deaths.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All the missing Ismaili’s body found from the Nairobi mall. Totally 8 ismaili's passed away. Pray for their soul.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the known casualties:

Naguib Damji [Age 57]
Ruhila Adatia-Sood [Age 31]
Aleem Zulfikar Jamal [Age 27]
Shyrose Badruddin Dossa, [Age 44]
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received:

Ismaili casualties:

A young daughter and her mother of Paramount Bank were also discovered as shot last night.

There are also at least 4 more Ismaili's unaccounted for and still in hostage.

Special Tasbih and Satado starts today.

A lot of young people have been shot.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is really a sad event took place in Nairobi, we all should pray for the salvation for the killed Ismailis.
Is this a terrorist attack or Police attack? can you please keep us informing about more news.!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is a terrorist attack related to the presence of Kenyan soldiers fighting Al-Shabab in Somalia.

All of the people which died were innocent civilians. A lot of children died. There is no word strong enough to condemn these terrorists. We can just pray for the safety of the Kenyan people and the families of those who have lost theirs, the hostages still in the mall and the wounded in the hospitals.

There was an overwhelming response from the Nairobi population that rushed to donate blood.

There are a couple of shops own by Ismailis at Westgate and also the DTB bank where most of the Ismailis have their accounts. It is a very popular place with shops, banks, cinema, restaurants etc... .
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As RECEIVED

The Ismailis who died during the Westgate killings

** **

1. *Aleem Zulfikar Jamal, age 27; (Son to Zulfikar & Malek (Bungoma
Shariff Jivraj) Jamal*****
2. *Shyrose Badruddin Dossa, age 44; - (Sister to Fatima –recently
married (3 wks ago) to Rahim Rajwani & daughter to Tazim & Mansurali
Dharani – Graffins College)*****
3. *Ruhila Adatia-Sood, age 31; Radio Africa Presenter & 6 months
Pregnant*****
4. *Nagib Damji, age 57 (being flown to Vancouver) - son to Noorali
Damji of Skyway Hotel, lives in Vancouver*****
5. *Salimah Merali – age unknown – Ayaz Merali of Paramount Bank*****
6. *Nooriana Merali – age 14, daughter to above.*****
7. *Zahra Ahmed Sajan Merali – age 40 – Lawyer from UK.*****
8. *Zahra's nine-year-old daughter Jennah . She has been confirmed as one of the British victims in the Kenya terrorist attack, in which her mother also died


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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23/09/2013
ISK Parents,

I want to update you on the latest information we have. Unfortunately, it is very sad news. All three of the community members whom I reported missing, have been confirmed not to have survived. Those include two members of the Merali family--Nuriana (9th grade) and Salima (mother of Nuriana, Aliyaz and Alishan, and wife of Ayaz). The brother of E.S. special needs teacher, Rehana Chaudry, also perished. Our hearts go out to those families who experienced any part of the horror at Westgate, but especially to the Merali family struggling with unimaginable grief.

I am sharing this information for several reasons, not least because these losses leave holes in the heart of our whole community. We are all affected, all saddened, all shaken by these senseless deaths. However, it it also important for parents to know that we shared this information with older students this morning, with slightly different messages to students in each division, as appropriate to their ages. Facts about those injured or killed were shared with all students in middle and high School--in assembly for the high school, and in advisory group sessions for middle school. Elementary students received three different, age-appropriate messages, depending on their grades. In addition to sharing information with students, the schedule in each division was modified to accommodate discussion in appropriate groups. (Later in the day Patricia SallehMatta will share with ES parents what exactly was said and done in E.S., to allow appropriate discussion and sharing of feelings, so parents are aware of what their children may already have heard or talked about.)
Our counselors are making themselves available to any students or adults who would like to speak with a caring professional. The counselors have also prepared a simple guide for parents, which I have attached to this email. You can play an important part in helping your child to make sense of what has happened, and to process emotionally these disturbing events.

A decision will be made by the end of the school day as to whether we will resume co-curricular activities on Tuesday. Please check the ISK website for that announcement.

Thank you for your continued support, and for the many, many offers to assist the school. Let us remember all those who have been affected by this gruesome act. And let us also remember that we have a profound responsibility to engender in our children an enduring capacity for tolerance and compassion--something we can only accomplish together.
John Roberts
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mowlana Hazar Imam has sent a Talika on 23rd September 2013 regarding the Kenya Tragedy. He has called it a "horrific act" in "detestable circumstances" in which "eight murids have lost their lives and others have sustained injuries"

Mowlana Hazar Imam sent paternal maternal blessings for the soul of the eight victims by naming each of them individualy and also sent blessings to the families of deceased and also to the wounded for their most prompt and complete recovery.

Ameen Khudawind!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YAM:

Found this brief youtube interview with a couple with the last name of Manji.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTYSbPUkXxM

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another follow-up interview

http://www.kplctv.com/story/23510265/mall-assault-survivors-family-talk-about-incident

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interview of Raisah Virani, a 15 years old courageous Ismaili girls from Aga Khan Academy who got shot twice in the Westgate Mall tragedy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2az1cD2eOk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Westgate Attack: Asian communities band together to help

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lapresse.ca/international/afrique/201309/27/01-4693823-attaque-de-nairobi-un-concours-de-cuisine-pour-enfants-qui-a-tourne-au-drame.php

Publié le 27 septembre 2013 à 08h12 | Mis à jour le 27 septembre 2013 à 08h12

Attaque de Nairobi: un concours de cuisine pour enfants qui a tourné au drame
Un jeune garçon blessé lors de l'attaque menée... (PHOTO JASON STRAZIUS, AP)


Un jeune garçon blessé lors de l'attaque menée par les shebab est évacué du Westgate sur un charriot, le 21 septembre.

PHOTO JASON STRAZIUS, AP

Attaque de Nairobi: 39 personnes manquent toujours à l'appel
Le Kenya était prévenu d'un risque élevé d'attaque terroriste
Les shebab avancent que 137 otages ont péri dans le Westgate
Deuil national et recherche de victimes au Kenya
Des dizaines d'Américains recrutés par les shebab somaliens


Actes de terrorisme

Helen VESPERINI
Agence France-Presse
Nairobi

Elle devait animer un concours de cuisine pour enfants et venait de sentir les coups de pied de son bébé à naître quand Ruhila Adatia-Sood, une présentatrice radio vedette, a été abattue samedi par un commando islamiste dans le Westgate de Nairobi.

Le concours était organisé sur le stationnement aérien du luxueux centre commercial, dévasté par plusieurs jours de siège. Le bâtiment était, comme pour beaucoup d'autres kényans, un traditionnel lieu de rencontre de la communauté ismaélienne à laquelle appartenait la jeune femme.

Selon un bilan officiel provisoire, 61 civils ont perdu la vie au Westgate, ainsi que six membres des forces kényanes et cinq assaillants dans une attaque revendiquée par les insurgés islamistes somaliens shebab. Et 61 personnes restent toujours portées disparues.

On ignorait encore vendredi combien d'enfants ont péri dans cette attaque.

Samedi dernier, Ruhila Adatia-Sood, 31 ans, avait rassemblé 33 enfants qui s'affairaient dans une cuisine en plein air installée pour l'occasion sur le stationnement du Westgate. Chacun d'eux devait préparer une entrée, un plat principal et un dessert.

«Nous sommes super excités! Rejoignez-nous à partir de 11 h pour le deuxième tour du Sungold Sunrice SuperChief Junior! Rendez-vous là-bas», au Westgate, avait écrit sur l'internet une de ses collègues, Kamal Kaur, juste avant le rassemblement.

Le concours venait de débuter, avec une foule de parents venus en spectateurs, quand tout le monde a «commencé à entendre des bruits secs», a narré Kamal Kaur jeudi, en marge des funérailles de Ruhila Adatia-Sood.

«Nous avons entendu quelque chose qui ressemblait à des pétards», a-t-elle poursuivi, avant de raconter comment le groupe d'assaillants s'était penché du rebord du stationnement pour regarder les flots de clients du Westgate fuyant déjà, en bas, le centre commercial.

«Un homme a tiré sur mon fils, mais il a réussi à esquiver» les balles, a-t-elle ajouté. L'homme, selon elle, portait un jean, un tee-shirt noir, des lunettes de soleil et un keffieh autour de la tête.

«Il tenait une grosse arme automatique, et je pouvais voir un pistolet dépasser de sa poche».


Communauté solidaire

Le petit Paramshu Jain, huit ans, a eu moins de chance que le fils de Mme Kaur. Il est mort pendant le concours, ont confié ses parents.

Mitul Shah, le directeur marketing de l'entreprise pétrolière Bidco, est lui aussi décédé samedi, en «tentant de sauver les enfants» assistant au concours, selon sa famille.

Jeudi, les membres de la communauté ismaélienne de Nairobi se sont déplacés en masse pour rendre un dernier hommage à leurs proches tombés dans l'attaque- la plus meurtrière perpétrée à Nairobi depuis l'attentat de 1998 contre l'ambassade américaine.

Quelque 2500 personnes se sont ainsi rassemblées dans le hangar qui sert d'habitude de club sportif et social à la communauté, en mémoire de Ruhila Adatia-Sood et de Shairoz Dossa, une mère de famille de 44 ans.

Elles ont chanté des prières et enlevé leurs chaussures avant de défiler devant les cercueils. De nombreuses femmes portaient un foulard musulman blanc.

«C'est un jour très triste. Nous n'avons pas de mots», a glissé un jeune homme vêtu de noir, se décrivant simplement comme un ami de Ruhila Adatia-Sood, avant de détourner la tête pour dissimuler son émotion.

L'animatrice de radio s'est vidée de son sang après avoir été blessée par balle à la jambe.

«Nous sommes une petite communauté. Une tragédie comme celle-là nous rassemble», a expliqué Azym Dossa. Lui aussi vêtu d'un costume sombre, il a mis sa flotte de bus à disposition de la communauté jeudi pour lui permettre d'assister aux funérailles.

Il doit la vie à une habitude bien ancrée : celle d'aller boire un capucino au Westgate le dimanche, et non le samedi.

Depuis le carnage, Shelina Manji, une jeune publicitaire, «ne dort plus la nuit». «Elle et moi étions très bonnes amies», a-t-elle dit de Ruhila Adatia-Sood.

«Quand j'ai appris la nouvelle, j'ai été sous le choc», a-t-elle encore raconté. «Juste avant (le drame), Ruhila avait envoyé un SMS à un ami pour dire qu'elle sentait son bébé donner des coups de pied» dans son ventre.
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