Gatsby Africa’s Executive Director, Justin Highstead plants a tree at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute on January 15, 2020, in commemoration of the Dusit terrorist attack which claimed the life of Luke Potter – Gatsby’s Africa Programmes Director. | Photo: Alex Kandie, Kenya Markets Trust
It has been a year since that dreadful day that Al-Shabaab terrorists struck the Dusit complex at 14 Riverside in Nairobi, leaving 22 people dead and many others suffering with injuries and trauma following the attack.
A year ago, today, the sound of explosion and bullets wrenched the air around our offices housed within the Dusit complex, leaving us scampering to the floor for safety.
Bullets, screams and confusion filled the air, as we sought to make sense of the happenings around us.
Today, we mark one year since that inhumane event. We are grateful to God that we were all able to leave the building safely, without any casualties or injuries to our staff.
Despite this crude start to the year, our staff have supported each other through the trauma, forming a stronger team that has achieved great milestones during the year.
In Memory of Luke Potter
Sadly though, Gatsby Africa lost its Africa Programmes Director, Mr Luke Potter during the attack.
He had worked with Gatsby Africa for over three years, providing crucial leadership, guidance and support to programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, in addition to establishing the organisation’s forestry programme in Kenya.
Earlier today, Kenya Markets Trust joined Gatsby Africa and Msingi, in a tree planting exercise at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute in Muguga in memory of the late Luke Potter.
“Luke, thank you for your contribution, not only to Gatsby, but to improving the lives of millions of poor East Africans through your work.”