DAY FOUR OF ATTACK ON WESTGATE MALL, AND THE FIGHTING CONTINUES

By on September 24, 2013 in QUARTZ

quartz / September 24, 2013 NAIROBI—The front page of The Standard, a Nairobi newspaper, today read “The Final Assault.” For Kenyans that assault, bringing an end to ordeal at the Westgate mall that began on Saturday (Sept. 21), cannot come too soon. But it seems to be more of a slow, methodical process than a flash-bang operation. […]

EYEWITNESSES AT KENYAN MALL ATTACK: “I WAS SURE THEY WERE GOING TO COME IN AT ANY MOMENT.”

By on September 24, 2013 in QUARTZ, WRITING

QUartz / september 22, 2013 NAIROBI—A rumor was spreading that the shooters would spare the lives of Muslims. Eran Ochayon, like most people at the mall, wasn’t Muslim. His friend, hiding elsewhere in the complex, sent him a text message. It was the shahada, an Islamic creed typically recited at daily prayers. Ochayon, a Jewish businessman from Israel, scrawled […]

TURKEY POISED TO CASH IN ON A STABLE SOMALIA

By on September 17, 2013 in QUARTZ

QUARTZ / SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 Two flags now fly over Mogadishu. There’s the Somali one, of course: white star, blue background. The other’s rise over the battered concrete sprawl is more recent. It flies over schools and hospitals, is stamped on trucks and painted on trash bins. The white-and-red emblem even shares the desk of […]