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1998 NAEBBSA

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Bomb Blast that took place on the Friday 7th August 1998 at 10.30. a.m. at the former site of the American Embassy in Nairobi next to Cooperative building was not unprecedented but also a very painful experience to the country in general and those who were directly affected in particular. Indeed, it left about 220 people dead and over 5,000 injured.

The Teacher Service Commission whose offices, then , were in Cooperative House lost 13. members of staff and more than 600 were injured. The lives of the injured people have never been the same again as some of them lost sight while others were maimed.

Although some of the victims do not carry physical injuries, they have remained traumatized and they may have to live with the condition for the rest of their lives.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

The Association aims at brining together the TSC secretarial staff that were injured in 1998 Nairobi Bomb Blast at the American Embassy. It also aims at providing a forum where the survivors will find social, psychological and Economic support.

CHALLENGES

The majority of the survivors have been on medication, yet some of the medicines are very expensive. This is an addition to the high consultancy fees charged by specialists.

Medical and counselor's records show that most of the survivors have not fully recovered. There are increasing cases of sudden illnesses as recently experienced when one female survivor suffered a stroke, while two other survivors fainted in circumstances that were associated with the effects of the same disaster.