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Kenyan mall reopens nearly two years after massacre

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:22

Nearly two years after Islamic militants killed dozens of shoppers, Nairobi's Westgate Mall will reopen. Diane Hodges reports on the recovery project.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS PIECE CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Today, Nairobi's Westgate Mall looks like this. Business owners are busily stocking shelves and putting up displays. They're hoping to erase the images that flashed around the world in September 2013. Members of the Islamic group Al Shabaab stormed the mall, occupying it for days, and killing dozens of employees and shoppers. This woman says she hid in the kitchen during the attack, where she could hear the gunshots. As she left the building, she says she passed many bodies, including those of some of her co-workers. Now, business owners are hoping to convince shoppers that the mall is safe once again. The reopening comes as Nairobi prepares to play host to U.S. President Barack Obama. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero pointed to the visit as proof that the city is safe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAIROBI GOVERNOR, EVANS KIDERO, SAYING: "I would like to appeal to Nairobians, let us turn out on Saturday and come and shop because Kenya is safer than ever. If it wasn't, [U.S.President Barack] Obama would not be coming." Business owners are hoping residents are listening and that the mall's fortunes will head upwards once again.

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Kenyan mall reopens nearly two years after massacre

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:22