September 21 marked exactly seven years after the bloody Westgate attack that left over 60 people dead.
Terrorists from Al Shabaab group attacked Westgate mall on a Saturday morning and Radio Africa’s East FM family and fans were among the dozens who were killed. Bubbly Kiss TV presenter Ruhila Adatia was shot in the leg and bled to death.
They had a cooking competition event on the building’s rooftop on that fateful day and presenter Shiksha Arora was lucky to survive.
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Today I Thank you for being a part of my 2 year journey at @k24tv.. You welcomed me graciously into your homes as I hosted Daily Brief, Newscut & Evening edition. As my viewer YOU have been an extension of my own family & friends. I will eternally be grateful for the opportunity to do what I’m so very passionate about, a platform that changed my life, forever. The mission was not to thrive but also to survive & to do so with passion, compassion, humour & style. It’s time to close this chapter for now & move on to the next but I promise I’ll be back, stronger. This isn’t a goodbye but only a “I’ll be right back after this short commercial break, so don’t go too far.” 🙂🙌🏽 – To my K24 TV family. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay a while, make footprints on our hearts that last a lifetime. I am thankful to have had the opportunity of forming such special bonds at work that I will forever cherish. Can’t wait to unravel what the future holds for each and every one of us, as we move on & scale greater heights. Stay blessed ❤️ – #newsanchor #photooftheday #ignairobi #igkenya #k24tv #journalist #grateful #blessed
Several survivors took to social media to share their ordeal and Shiksha Arora shared a lengthy post, remembering what she went through.
‘7 years ago, my life changed forever. I vividly carry the sounds, smells and images that remain from the #WestgateAttack. I remember calling my parents to say goodbye amidst the chaos telling them that I was in the middle of a terrorist attack and if I don’t make it out, I loved them. Today I remember all my loved ones who weren’t as lucky as I was to be given the title of a survivor. Your absence has created a void that will never be filled. 21.09.2013,’ she wrote.
Another survivor Alee Manji posted,
It’s been 7 years. Still remember it like it was yesterday.
To all who still battle with the memory of that day 7 years ago, as I do, we shall someday overcome. To all who we lost on that day 7 years ago, You shall never be forgotten.