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Glad to be alive

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A FIJIAN missionary and her parents can only thank God for being delayed to a meeting in Nairobi in Kenya on Saturday.

It saved their lives.

Lorna-Jayne Waqanivavalagi, dad Wame and mum Ella were supposed to have been at a cafe on the ground floor of the popular Westgate Mall when it was raided by the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, Al Shabab.

Yesterday, Ms Waqanivavalagi told The Fiji Times from Nairobi that divine intervention saved them from the terrorists who went on a killing spree and were reportedly still engaged in battle with Kenyan forces when this edition went to press last night.

"The cafe we were supposed to be at was the exact place where most of the people died," Ms Waqanivavalagi said.

"It was where they (Al Shabab terrorists) started shooting. That could have been me and that could've been my parents."

Mr and Mrs Waqanivavalagi had travelled to Nairobi last Thursday to witness their daughter graduate from Youth With A Mission, a missionary organisation whose members travel the world spreading Christianity.

"We were supposed to meet an uncle and aunt of mine at the cafe for breakfast but by God's grace, we were delayed," she said.

"So many children died, so many people are hurting and searching for peace. I feel so helpless."

Ms Waqanivavalagi said she was still in shock over the events of the past few days, breaking down every time she thought about their near-miss with the merciless killers.

"Everyone around me is terrified and hurting. I don't know what to say, I'm so lost and shocked. I don't even have words to describe what's happening here in Kenya.

"Since Saturday, I've woken up to news that the body count continues to increase. I can't stop thanking God enough for his protection."

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku revised the death toll to 62 yesterday with about 200 injured.





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