Responding to the crisis in Nairobi, Kenya – Why We Must Speak Together!

Imam Johari Abdul Malik

As a result of the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya by a group of takfeeri bandits, many members of the Somali community feel that they are under attack by the media. As a result, many Somali community leaders are reluctant to engage the media with regard to this attack leery of fear-mongers who could potentially capitalize upon this tragedy to promote bigotry.

In addition, many leaders in the Somali community lack the experience, skills and cultural context to explain their perspective and have therefore chosen to remain silent. This silence only leads to a distorted coverage of the issues related to the Somali community.

Although Muslims within the Somali diaspora oppose this violence they feel that their feelings and concerns are often ignored by many in the media – particularly young people. I fear that this frustration may potentially be capitalized upon by those who would like…

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