Victims of the Kenya mall attack come from all corners of the globe

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 6:53 a.m. MDT

A well-wisher signs the condolences book for Ghanaian poet, professor, and former ambassador Kofi Awoonor, seen in the framed photograph, at Awoonor's residence in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The celebrated poet died after being wounded in the attack by al-Shabab militants on Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Ghana's presidential office confirmed. The al-Qaida linked group launched their assault on Saturday, Sept. 21, storming the mall with grenades and gunfire. Awoonor's son was injured and is responding to treatment.

Christian Thompson, Associated Press

The victims of the attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital were from around the world. Here are details about some of those who were killed or wounded.

AUSTRALIA

Architect Ross Langdon worked in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, creating eco-lodges and socially sustainable tourism in ecologically sensitive locations. He said at a conference last year that he thought trying to adapt to one's environment was a better way to express respect for the communities in which he was working. "I thought it might be better to be like a chameleon — able to adapt and change and blend with our environment rather than conquer it," he said.

British media reported he was a dual national, though the Foreign Office did not identify British victims by name.

BRITAIN

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said six British deaths occurred and the number could rise.

They include Zahira Bawa and her 8-year-old daughter Jenah, from Leamington Spa in central England, a relative told Britain's Press Association news agency.

CANADA

Annemarie Desloges, a border services liaison officer in Canada's High Commission to Kenya, "was one of our bright young lights, and hers was a career brimming with promise," said Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

She was a 29-year-old from a "foreign service family" and had accompanied her parents on overseas postings before deciding to follow in their footsteps in 2006.

Vancouver businessman Naguib Damji also died in the attack, a daughter and niece confirmed to various media.

Two sisters from Toronto, 17-year-old Fardosa Abdi and 16-year-old Dheeman Abdi, were seriously injured. Their aunt Hodan Hassan said from her home in Minnesota that Fardosa was in critical condition with severe leg injuries.

CHINA

A 38-year-old Chinese woman with the surname Zhou who worked in the real estate industry was killed, state media said. Her son was injured in the attack and was in stable condition in a hospital, according to the Chinese Embassy in Kenya.

FRANCE

Two French women were killed, President Francois Hollande said.

GHANA

Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations. Ghana's ministry of information said Awoonor's son was injured and is responding to treatment.

Awoonor's work drew its inspiration from the traditions of his native Ewe tribe. Ghana's poetry foundation said on its website that Awoonor went into exile after Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was driven out in a coup in 1966. He studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his dissertation was published in 1975. He returned to Ghana and was later jailed for alleged involvement coup plot. His time in prison was recounted in "The House by the Sea (1978)," the foundation said.

INDIA

Three Indians were killed in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy, Paramshu Jain, whose father is manager of a Nairobi branch of an Indian bank. The child's mother, Mukta Jain, is among four Indians who were injured.

The others confirmed dead by the Indian External Affairs Ministry are Sridhar Natarajan, a 40-year-old from India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, and Sudharshan B. Nagaraj, of the southern city of Bangalore.

KENYA

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