Kenya: Mall Attack Emergency Appeal no. MDRKE027

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This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 3,581,308 in cash, kind, or services to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to assist up to 25,000 people affected by the Westgate hostage crisis in Nairobi for 12 months. The Emergency Appeal will be completed by 19 October 2014 and a final report will be made available by 19 January 2015.

Appeal history:

CHF 204,841 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Un-earmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.


On Saturday 21 September 2013 at 12:30pm, the Westgate shopping mall was attacked by terrorists.
The Kenya Red Cross was among the first responders to the attack, assisting with a KRCS Ambulance that had been prepositioned at the Westgate Mall rooftop parking. Within the first hour, KRCS deployed 12 Advanced Life Support Ambulances supported by an additional team of paramedics from Emergency Medical Services (E-Plus) and a fleet of service Land Cruisers. The services provided by the KRCS response team were triage, life support, tracing, psychosocial support and evacuation as they were released from the building.

This Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the Kenya National Society to focus to prevent long term psychological consequences for those affected and to promote resilience in the form of improved disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The interventions will enhance healing, readjustment and reintegration of those directly and indirectly affected by the disaster. The interventions will incorporate supportive communication on trauma healing and peace building and will strengthening the response and coordination capacity of KRCS with Government Ministries, and other stakeholders.

This appeal provides a channel to support the Kenya Red Cross to deal with the current and any future similar incidents that directly and indirectly affect more than the 25,000 people covered by this appeal and which pose potential threats to the capital and to other cities across the country. This on-going tension became more visible during the sad event that struck the Westgate Mall, but this only serves to highlight the high level of risk from similar events that affect Kenya on an on-going basis, and for which the National Society has to be well prepared. This appeal continues the process started by KRCS through the support of the initial DREF of CHF 204,841 already allocated by the IFRC on 24 September.