man visited Nairobi mall where terrorists killed 72
Burnham-On-Sea resident says security was tight at the Kenyan
shopping mall where 72 people died in a terrorist siege when he
visited it earlier this month.
the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi on September 3rd and says
he feels relieved not to have been involved.
says security at the mall was visible during his visit, which
was more than two weeks before the incident.
the entrance I was scanned for metal objects by two guards, although
there were no more guards that I noticed inside," he told
always knew a strike in Kenya was possible, but the citizens were
very confident they were safe because everyone is scanned at the
entrance to every office block and supermarket. I feel very lucky
not have been involved."
added that was in the country to visit a friend. "I visited
the Westgate Shopping Mall on Tuesday 3rd September with a Kenyan
friend, Peter Matula, who is pictured here with me outside his
tin shack in Nairobi."
most Kenyans, Peter is too poor to buy anything from a supermarket."
went to the mall to experience the best shopping complex in the
was not as good as Cribbs Causeway here in the UK - the shops
are not as intensively stocked. I had lunch on the third floor
and a coffee on the ground floor."
has spent much of his life writing about the British explorer,
Sir Francis Drake, and following his footsteps through overseas
travel, which Burnham-On-Sea.com recently featured here.
travels will continue in October when he visits Oman, Nepal and
Tibet to make several educational videos. His video series, called
Turner's Travels, are being filmed with the aim of inspiring secondary
school children to see beyond their GCSE exams. "I made the
first of the latest videos at a very poor primary school among
the tin shacks of Nairobi," he says.
his time in Kenya over the summer, Michael also taught the daughter
of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. He tutored young Arubai
for three weeks at a summer school in July.