In the wake of the Paris attack that left at least 129 dead and 352 hospitalized after sustaining injuries, a lady who survived the Westgate attack has opened up about her horrible encounter.

Margie Brand, a lady from Cape Town was at the mall when the terrorists attacked. She had her 8-month old baby with her. Hours later, she was curled up among dead bodies with her kid. The terrorists killed everyone in sight – pregnant women, babies…everyone.

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After hiding for what felt like forever, one of the attackers found her. What happened next was surprising….

Her Facebook post has gone viral, getting over six thousand shares and 16 thousand likes. The Westgate attacks left 67 dead and more than 175 injured. Read her story:


“I am a survivor of a terrorist attack. And this is my message of love.

Two years ago, armed men walked into a shopping mall on a crowded Saturday morning yielding automatic rifles and killing everyone in sight. I held onto my eight month old baby, running, slipping, my heart jumping out of my chest. I hid among the dead for 5 hours. It felt like a lifetime. Experiencing sounds and images I wish I did not. They walked calmly, up and down, among the aisles. Killing everyone they found. Again and again they walked past us. Not seeing me lying, curled up a ball, among the dying. My baby remained silent. We’ll never know how. Logic told me it was the time of final breaths. I was ready. No hate. Yes, incredible palatable fear, but not hate. Fear that moved past fear. Becoming strangely, peacefully accepting. Curled up on the hard, cold floor. I listened to the sounds of death interwoven with the feeling of silence.

Then. There he was. Looking down his barrel, straight at me. Towering. Eyes full of disdain. No one knows why that day of all days, after killing children, pregnant women, and anyone they could find, they told me to stand up. I knew that it would now be my end. They killed the woman lying next to me. They told me to walk. I walked over the dead. I walked out holding my baby. In another part of the mall my friend lay dead. He and sixty seven others never got to leave – many hundreds more still hold the scars from their wounds.


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