Margie Brand was at Westgate Mall in Nairobi to buy groceries at Nakumatt, the best-stocked store in the country. On this Saturday afternoon, she was accompanied by two colleagues and her 8-month-old son, Ashton. Just four days prior, the 39-year-old had arrived in Kenya to check up on the work of her Washington, DC-based non-profit.

A South African with shoulder-length blond hair and sunglasses perched on her head, she pushed a shopping cart that held Ashton, dressed in a striped onesie. It was nearing naptime and so the three hurried to grab groceries, worrying that the baby would get fussy after too long. Their shopping trip was on September 21, 2013, a day that would leave 61 people dead at the hands of four al-Shabaab gunmen in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Kenyan history. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog