It broke my heart to read about the terror attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi this weekend. I want to express my deepest condolences to all those affected by the violence. Although this area of Nairobi is not part of Ujuzi’s Kenya itinerary, we have friends and associates living in Kenya who are deeply affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to them.
Violence is an unfortunate reality that affects all of us no matter where we live. Those of us who live in the United States can certainly sympathize with the horror of such violence happening close to home. Fortunately, incidents are rare in Nairobi, which has not seen a terror attack of this scale since 1998.
I have been asked how the attacks affect our safari tours in Kenya. Ujuzi takes the safety of our clients very seriously. We err on the side of caution and do not book trips to areas of political instability. Because this appears to be an isolated incident for Nairobi, the U.S. State Department has not made any new advisories restricting travel in Kenya, and Ujuzi has not canceled any upcoming Kenya tours. However, we will continue to keep updated on the situation in Kenya over the coming weeks to ensure that measures are being taken to prevent recurrence, and we will make adjustments as necessary. The Kenyan government has already stepped up security throughout the country, especially at public gathering places. We commend it for this swift action.
As we send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and our wishes for speedy recovery to the injured, it is reassuring to remember that Kenyans are a strong and vibrant people who will not let tragedy define or destroy their country.