American Embassy Memorial Garden

American Embassy Memorial Garden

American Embassy Memorial Garden
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On August 7th 1998, a group of terrorists used a car bomb to blow up the then United States Embassy located at the corner of Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues, causing the deaths of 218 innocent people and injuring thousands of others. So powerful was the explosion that it could be heard as far away as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while the shock wave was felt over the city causing many buildings to tremble. As a result, a new Embassy was constructed on a heavily fortified site at Gigiri while ownership of the existing site was donated by the American and Kenyan people to a trust charged with turning it into a Memorial Park as a tribute to the victims but also a place where the public would be educated about the futility of violence and the essence of peace. The construction of the Park and Museum was made possible by donations in cash and kind by a number of individuals, companies and organizations, leading to its opening on 7th August 2001. The Memorial Park comprises a landscaped garden, a Memorial Wall commemorating the names of those who died and several other features that hold a symbolic meaning relevant to the tragic event. The Visitors Centre, which also houses the Museum, has remarkable conference facilities that can be hired for short term or prolonged durations and can accommodate up to 60 people. All proceeds from the gate charges, conference facilities, meeting rooms, hire of venue for events and advertising space go towards the sustenance and maintenance of the Memorial Park.
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Sedie10
New York City, NY215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
Sad and nostalic especially when you think of all who lost thier lives. It is a very thoughtful way of Kenya to remember this horrific moment especially when so many lives were lost and it is a place of interest to those who wish to pay respect to innocent peope who died before their time. Coem with prayers and meditation and respect. RIP
Written March 6, 2015
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June479
Nairobi, Kenya18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
This is a place worth visiting. I am a survivor of the 1997 bomb blast in Nairobi. History is difficult to erase and it affects every individual in a unique way. A park where sweet hearts meet. Rooms for hire where one can carry out trainings and fund raising. Gardens that provide the back drop for wedding photos. A theatre where one can view by film the happenings of the fateful day - 7 August 1997. An area where Christmas events are held - there was a Christmas carol event here years back when Kanji Mbugua had just returned home from studies in the USA. This is the first time I heard him sing. A man who sang "Joy to the world" - while on his feet- as a jazz tune, as a reggae tune,as a Christmas carol, as a classical tune,etc. What talent!!!!
Written June 17, 2014
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worldwandererAtlanta
atlanta81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
The garden is a small oasis of green at a busy hub in the center of the city. The admission is inexpensive (about 1.50 USD pp) and the garden contains a wall with all the names of the victims. In the back of the garden is a small museum which shows a 50 minute documentary on the events on that terrible day and it really helps one connect to the the reality of the place where you are visiting.
Written December 28, 2017
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RNRiggins
Houston, Texas52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
The visitors center has photos of dignitaries who have visited, artwork from children and personal stories from some of the survivors. The most poignant part was the excellent video describing the events of the day with personal insights and tracking down the perpetrators. Very informative, especially for an American.
Written July 28, 2016
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Patricia B
New York City, NY159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
It was their 9/11 (I suppose, but back in 1998) more than 200+ people died, and the site of the old US Embassy is now a beautiful memorial park with the adjacent Memorial for the horrific event, with touching lettes of the children of those that died, reminding us that such event touches everyone, across many generations...but more so...our most vulnerable: our children
Written March 12, 2015
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Emmanuel M
Mombasa, Kenya88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
went there nothing much done so far but the site is just left like that. a small fee to get in is payable. outside there are seats for one to wait for friends and plan his next visit. buy drinks and newspapers etc. don't like remembering the times as many people lost lives as they were going for their own life bizznes !!! God protect Kenya from such injurious evil minded elements living amongst us !
Written March 2, 2015
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eviwl84
Warsaw, Poland13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Here you find nice view of Nairobi. Don t take any travel guide it s unnecessary. They want of course to take tip for some information.
Written September 27, 2013
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anoop l
Nairobi, Kenya18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012
Its a sad place due to what it signifies. The memorial itself is touching. However the part of Nairobi in which it sits is terrible. If you are going to visit watch yourself and your wallet!
Written August 29, 2012
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spbrooks01
Nairobi, Kenya20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Hidden on a corner of central Nairobi, this surprisingly small memorial garden and visitors centre provides a very moving experience. Children and adults are engaged in a reflective moment and there is a very moving short film on the tragic bombing of the embassy.
Written September 25, 2018
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Robert Z
Machesney Park, IL44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Total time was less than 30 minutes. There is a wall with names of those who died along with a little history. If in the area it's worth stopping but not a destination.
Written November 18, 2017
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