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#ISurvived98Bomblast: TV presenter Tallia Oyando’s first hand experience

On August 7th ,Kenyans marked 20 years since the devastating US embassy bombings in Nairobi.

A memorial service was held by friends, family and others at the August 7th Memorial Park.

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Also among those who survived the 1998 US embassy was TV presenter Tallia Oyando who shared her experience on her Instagram account.

She recounted it with a photo and message.

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She captioned:

‘August 7th 1998 where were you? I was in school at Makini during a closing day function. At around 10:35am the ground shook and from far we could see smoke. No one knew what was going on social media wasn’t as active then.’

‘I was with my two brothers Frank and Leon my other brother Randy was home with dad. A little chaos started people running around. Me not sure what was happening i didn’t know what to do but look for my brothers. Out of the chaos someone grabbed my hand i turned and it was my dad he had come from home we didn’t live far he held my hand tight and told me we needed to find my brothers and go home.’

She contiued:

‘We did .. At home the pictures on TV were the scariest i’ve ever seen. Blood, tears, saddness, death.. My dad grabbed his pager left us at home and went to the bomb blast sight to help what he saw i cant explain … on TV and even in the estate i remember people screaming i remember darkness but i also remember how the darkness brought us together as a nation. Pamoja we stand.. Did you lose someone? Scream their name out loud because we will never forget them. #ISurvived98’.

August 7th 1998 where were you? I was in school at Makini during a closing day function. At around 10:35am the ground shook and from far we could see smoke. No one knew what was going on social media wasnt as active then. I was with my two brothers Frank and Leon my other brother Randy was home with dad. A little chaos started people running around. Me not sure what was happening i didnt know what to do but look for my brothers. Out of the chaos someone grabbed my hand i turned and it was my dad he had come from home we didnt live far he held my hand tight and told me we needed to find my brothers and go home. We did .. At home the pictures on tv were the scariest ive ever seen. Blood, tears, saddness, death.. My dad grabbed his pager left us at home and went to the bomb blast sight to help what he saw i cant explain … on tv and even in the estate i remember people screaming i remember darkness but i also remember how the darkness brought us together as a nation. Pamoja we stand.. Did you lose someone? Scream their name out loud because we will never forget them. #ISurvived98 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪

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