Sunday, August 27, 2017

NBC Dateline: "Hostage": how 2 moms survived the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack in 2013

NBC Dateline aired “Hostage: A Tale of Survival”, a 30-minute report on two mothers who survived the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2013,  video link here

One was a white woman who had grown up with missionaries and whose husband frequently traveled to the US.  Her husband had to get news from friends on Facebook in Charlotte before the news coverage caught up.  Friends had to be careful not to call cell phones in the Mall which would give away locations.  The woman’s oldest son had to protect the younger brother in a gradual escape.

Both women were assisted by strangers who turned out to be undercover police. 

The entire event lasted about 4 hours.

The film shows how modern the Mall was.

This report with Kate Snow seems to be an update of the earlier "Nowhere to Hide" episode reviewed here Nov. 23, 2013. 

The last twenty minutes of the Datelines broadcast covered the flooding in Houston.
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