Skip to comments.Welsh Mum Tells of Her Desperation to Come Home After Kenyan Shopping Mall Attack
Posted on 09/29/2013 6:50:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Lynsey Khatau who divides her time between Pontllanfraith near Caerphilly and the Kenyan city, says her family is traumatised after the assault that killed dozens
A Welsh mum shot at by militants in the devastating shopping mall siege in Nairobi has spoken of her desperation to come home.
Lynsey Khatau, 23, who divides her time between Pontllanfraith near Caerphilly and the Kenyan city, said her family was still traumatised after the assault that killed 67 civilians and soldiers.
She said: The attacks are still happening and we are afraid there will be more to come. We want to get out of the country before that happens.
The crisis began last Saturday when 10 to 15 al-Shabaab extremists stormed the mall, throwing grenades and firing on terrified shoppers.
Three floors of the mall collapsed, following the series of blasts and a huge blaze, which ended a four-day siege by soldiers and police,
Lynsey described how her son was traumatised and said the family, who live less than a mile away from the mall, have been unable to sleep since the incident, as they can still hear helicopters and explosives.
The mother-of-one was shopping with husband Max and four-year-old son Caiz, before the attack at Westgate Mall.
She said: I came out with some minor bleeding on my arms, but my son is still suffering from trauma and shock. He is not eating or sleeping. He needs counselling, but not here, because I am scared to take him out of the house.
Lynsey took her son to hospital on Friday and the doctor advised her to return to the UK.
She said: We want to recover in a place of safety. I just want to be with my family in South Wales they are so worried about us. I want to come home as soon as possible, but I want to bring my husband and son with me.
The pair, who met on the internet in January 2006, married in Kenya in August 2008 and Lynsey discovered she was pregnant two months after the ceremony.
Max came to Britain on a study visa, but was forced to leave when it ran out in 2009.
Home Office officials refused to grant him another visa and he was left stranded in Nairobi while his 18-year-old wife was pregnant with their first child.
View gallery """""""""" Kenya attacks View gallery Speaking to Wales on Sunday at the time, the young mum-to-be said: Hes devastated, its terrible hes missing out. He wants to come over here to work and support me and our baby.
The pair now hope Max will be granted a visa, so the family can return to South Wales.
Lynsey said: I am not sure how quickly that might happen. The faster we can get the documents, the faster we can get out. My husband has a job here and I have friends, so it will be difficult to leave our life in Kenya, but for now, I just want to be with my family.
Recalling the attack, Lynsey explained she began to think something was wrong when the lights in the mall went off, but did not come back on as they usually do during regular power cuts.
She said: The first thing that happened was that a grenade went off under a car or something outside that was the first thing we heard. Then there was shooting, maybe 20 rounds, in less than a minute.
We came out I just ran, we just ran out. When we came out of the supermarket they were already inside the mall and we just ran. They were already shooting inside.
She added: We were going to die that was the only thing I was thinking, were going to die. There were people falling everywhere. It was really horrific.
Lynseys mother Sue Mathias, who lives in Pontllanfraith, said: I just want my daughter to come home. They are still traumatised by everything. They havent slept, they havent wept. I just need them home so I know I can look after them.
Obama and McCain’s terrorist friends at work.
Kenyan muslim mum!
Can't imagine why.
“Khatau” is a Welsh name? What am I missing here?
She’s married. To a guy named Mohsin Khatau.
He kinda looks like the Rico Suave guy who blew up the Boston Marathon.
Actually, it’s not clear from the article whether he is a Muslim or a Christian. In Kenya, he could be either one.
The terrorists would have automatically shot at her because she is white, and therefore presumably a European or American Christian.
They were traumatized. Imagine the ones who witnessed the Jihadis ripping off noses, eyes, and ears with pliers.
I suppose his middle name is "Naghant."
This man wouldn’t have been there in the First place. I don’t go to Detroit or Chicago either.
That is an odd pair.
Not much. Her husband should've chosen his parents and ethnicity more carefully.
She was obviously attracted by his long gun.
No question who wears the pants in that family....
“her family was still traumatised after the assault”
What year did you think it was, darlin’?
Tell him bad things happen and that he has to grow up and get on with life.
Hiding the facts form your children is one of the worse things you can do.
Oh! MY EYES! MY EYES!
She looks like Miss Piggy. All that needs to be done to make her miss piggy is to put a pig nose on her.
Check out the head size difference between her and her “husband.” It’s twice as big!