What happened at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is a horrible tragedy that has implications in America and here at ABAC.
The Shabab militant group stormed a mall full of innocent people, 68 of whom lost their lives. Shabab made non-Muslims the target of this attack. Members of the terrorist group would ask shoppers what religion they were, and if they claimed to be Muslim they would ask sacred questions only religious Muslims would know.
The wrong answer was a death sentence.
With America viewed as primarily Christian, Shabab poses a threat to the United States for more terroristic attacks and threats.
The most frightening part, in my opinion, is the fact that three members of the Shabab group were Americans recruited from Minnesota. These terrorists are Americans with U.S. passports, free to travel throughout the county and gain access to any place in America, spreading their terroristic tendencies.
Not only is their threat crucial to America, it also affects Kenya in a major way. Tourism is one of Kenya’s major sources of income. The worldwide attention this attack has gotten will decrease the interest people have to visit. Nobody wants to visit a country when they feel their lives may be in danger.
While some may think this attack means nothing to America, I greatly disagree. Not only are American citizens involved in the militant group, but it also affected a professor here at ABAC. Dr. Joseph Njoroge had family that could have been affected by this shooting, but, thankfully, they were not present in the mall the day of the terrorist assault.
This attack was scary not only for the people in Kenya but also for people around the world.
The good thing that I hope comes out of this attack is that international attention will help push people to want to do something to stop this terroristic group, before they do something else that would cause the loss of more innocent lives.