THE resolve was evident. “We shall rise and we shall survive. We are not agreeing to be put down by terrorists,” words of a survivor of the September 2013 terror attack in Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall, where 67 people were killed when Somalia’s Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab militants stormed the building and indiscriminately gunned down shoppers and staff.
Last weekend, the country’s president was among those who visited the reopened building after extensive repair work estimated at $20 million. While the reaction was mixed, there is little doubt that the reopening – and a big turnout far beyond what had been expected – is testament to the country’s fortitude following years of terror attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives.
This ability to pick oneself up after sucker punches remains a feature of Africa’s renowned resilience. The continent has had its fair share of conflict ,some that reduced entire towns to rubble. Mail & Guardian Africa looked at some examples of such inspiring comebacks around the continent.
1. WESTGATE, NAIROBI
Relatives of victims of the Westgate Mall attack gather for a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the attack in Nairobi on September 21, 2014 (AFP)
Hundreds of shoppers thronged to the newly opened Westgate Mall which has undergone months of renovation following the attack (Photo/AFP).