In The Midst Of A Horrific Massacre, What This Mother Did For Her Children Is Amazing.

During the tragedy that was the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi last year, one mother did something so brave, the world will never forget it. Her name is Faith Wambua-Luedeling. She was with her young son and daughter when the gunmen began open firing at the shoppers.

Faith Wambua-Luedeling

She pressed her children to the ground in the mall, helping them play “dead,” even as gunshots continued to ring out.

To soothe her children while the shooting was still happening, Faith sang to them.

“We were just lying there — there would be shooting going on, then it would stop,” she told NBC News. “There were times I could hear the bullet casing dropping on the floor near us. We could smell the gunpowder and we would really be scared.”

Even though Faith was terrified herself, she did what she could to keep her children safe. New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks captured the iconic photograph of Faith protecting her children.

More than 60 people were killed that day by Al Shabaab, a militant Islamist group based in Somalia. Faith and her two children hid for over 5 hours, lying on the floor. She sweetly sang to her son and daughter along to the wordless mall music, just to keep them quiet.

Source: VN




  1. great post, after the recent news out of Nigeria, and the continuing bloodshed, we should ask questions of those who fund such organisations, and why so many are silent in their condemnation, amen


    1. “When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
      He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
      But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
      For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

      The Female of the Species
      Rudyard Kipling


      1. Yes, that is the other face of mother love. But the loving that knows no end, that is the part I meant. Not every mom can achieve that, but many do.


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