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Kenya gov’t wants to see Westgate Mall reopened
肯亞政府希望西門購物商城重新開放

Smoke rising from the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 23 last year.
去年九月二十三日,煙霧從肯亞奈洛比西門購物商城冒出。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Kenya’s government has given the first sign that Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall may one day reopen for business despite being partially destroyed the attack by Islamist gunmen in September last year.

At least 67 people died in the massacre and siege of the upmarket complex, and the rear of the four-story building collapsed following a huge blaze that was sparked by fierce fighting between the militants and security forces.

Sources close to the ongoing forensic investigation say that it will take at least another month to clear the rubble. The Kenyan Red Cross has said 39 people are still listed as missing, and there are fears more bodies could be found in the wreckage.

In a meeting with shop owners on Oct. 9 last year, however, Kenya’s Commerce Minister Phyllis Kandie said she wanted to see Westgate resume business and promised government help.

“The Government of Kenya is sincerely committed to ensuring that Westgate Mall operations do resume within the shortest time possible through a public-private partnership model,” she said.

“Through this partnership, we shall be further seeking to ensure the overall national economic resilience following the tragic events by reducing levels of business collapse, investor apathy and job losses,” the minister added.

(AFP)

肯亞政府首次示意奈洛比西門購物商城有朝一日可能重新恢復營業,儘管部分建築去年九月遭伊斯蘭主義槍手攻擊時毀壞。

至少六十七人在此次高級商場大屠殺和圍攻事件中死亡,激進份子與安全部隊的激烈駁火引發大火,造成這座四層樓建築的後半部在大火後倒塌。

接近進行中的鑑識調查的消息來源說,清理瓦礫至少要花一個月。肯亞紅十字會說,約有三十九人仍被列為失蹤,他們擔心會有更多屍體在殘骸中被發現。

但在去年十月九日與商城老闆的會議中,肯亞商務部長肯狄說,她希望看到西門繼續營業,並承諾政府會協助。

「肯亞政府誠摯地保證,透過公共—民間夥伴模式,西門購物商城將儘可能在最短期間內重新營業」,她說。

「透過這個夥伴模式,我們應該能夠進一步尋求確保整體國家的經濟活力,在此一悲劇事件後減少商業的受損程度、投資人的反感度和工作機會的消失」,部長說。

(法新社╱翻譯:林倩如)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. massacre n.

大屠殺 (da4 tu2 sha1)

例: Public anger toward the government peaked after the massacre.

(民眾對政府的憤怒情緒在大屠殺後高漲。)

2. blaze n.

火災 (huo3 zai1)

例: The firemen quenched the blaze.

(消防員撲滅了大火。)

3. wreckage n.

失事;殘骸 (shi1 shi4; can2 hai2)

例: Experts are investigating the airplane wreckage.

(專家正在調查飛機殘骸。)


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