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Survivor remembers plight of Westgate dead

19 September 2014, 12:29 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Robert Osoro survived the Westgate attack by the skin of his teeth but remembers the plight of those who died on the ill fated day.

Osoro was at the mall completing some electrical repairs on the roof top when the attackers struck.

" I was on the roof top ceiling when the attackers struck ", he vividly remembers.

" They waltzed in and shot at everyone who was there, including children, small children ", he still shakes his head in disbelief.

On the roof top was an ongoing children's cooking competition, where a good number of the dead were found.

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" I remember an asian man asking the attackers to spare the children but they refused and killed him. It was a harrowing experience ", he notes.

Osoro says he was saved by the fact that he was on the ceiling but was in a position to watch what was going on.

" I saw most of what they did. They were two tall men of Arab orientation. They sung some songs while executing the victims, he remembers.

" They looked at peace. They looked like they knew what they were doing. I wonder how inhuman people can be, he adds.

Osoro says that a year on, he still prays for the dead and their families.

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" I cannot forget what happened. Not in my lifetime, he says.

" I pray everyday to God to help the families of the dead. And for the dead too, the survivors as well as the affected community. I hope that peace prevails in their lives, he adds.

The Westgate mall attack accounted for the lives of 67 people, with over 200 others injured in one way or the other.

The Al Shabaab terror group claimed the attack on the mall.

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