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Saturday, August 15, 1998 Published at 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK


World: Africa

Kenya buries its dead

The bombing has united Kenyan society in grief

More of the 250 people killed in the bomb attack on the US embassy in Nairobi last week are due to be buried across Kenya.


Correspondent Cathy Jenkins attended one of the funerals
Many of the dead are being laid to rest in their home villages, though BBC correspondents say the whole country is sharing in the grief, giving generously to appeals for cash to help the families.


[ image: The site of the blast]
The site of the blast
At the site of the blast, people are continuing to pay their respects.

Student organisations, women's groups and others have held services, sprinkling flowers onto a temporary memorial - a cairn of concrete blocks which came from the collapsed building.

Almost 200 people are still being treated in hospital, some of them in a serious condition.

Albright to visit

The American Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, will arrive in the country on Tuesday, after first visiting Tanzania, where the other US embassy bombing took place.


Inside the wreckage of the US embassy
She is planning to visit the site of the embassy and see survivors of the attack in hospital.

A television camera has been allowed into the embassy for the first time since the bombing, recording hints of the terror those inside experienced immediately after the blast.

On Friday, President Clinton expressed condolences to the people of Kenya and Tanzania who lost relatives. "We grieve together," he said.

In video-taped remarks, he thanked ordinary Kenyans and Tanzanians for their efforts to pull people out of the wreckage and repeated his pledge to catch those responsible.



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