The central feature of the park is the wall with the names of the 218 people who were killed in the 7th August bomblast. the stones by the pathway were collected from the Kenyan riverbeds and signify resilience to fight terrorism. All the plants and trees in the park are indigenous and include plants that are sacred to various Kenyan communities. The stones and plants also signify the diversity of the Kenyan communities that were affected by the attack.
On August ,7,1998 between 10:30 am and 10:40 am local time , suicide bombers in trucks laden with explosives parked outside the two U.S Embassies in Dare-salaam(36 Laibon road) and Nairobi( Harambee Avenue) and were simultaneously detonated. An estimated 4,000 people were wounded in Nairobi and 85 in Dare-slaam, 218 people died in Kenya while 11 people died in Tanzania. Majority were the local people including 12 Americans, among the Americans killed were two Central Intelligence Agency employees in Nairobi Embassy (Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy). Also the U.S marine sergeant ( Jesse Aliganga) and marine security guard died.
The explosion severely damaged the Embassy building and collapsed the neighboring Ufundi building where most victims killed were college students and staff of a Secretarial College that was housed here.
Following the bombing, the U.S Department of Bureau of Diplomatic Security added Kenya to its Anti terrorism Assistance Program (ATA) that was created in the same year. This is a commitment of the U.S to Kenya on fighting terrorism in Kenya, the U.S has therefore has from then increased its monetary aid to Kenya.
The U.S Embassy was rebuild and it’s now located across the United Nations Office for security purposes. Sudan was punished for being involved in accommodating of the terrorists and Osama Bin Laden the mastermind behind the bombing was killed in 2011. Some other participants of the bombing are held behind bars in the U.S and some died under various circumstances.
The Memorial Park was created on the former Embassy through the contributions from various individuals, institutions and organizations and was officially opened by the former president of Kenya H.E HON. DANIEL T. ARAP MOI ON AUGUST 7TH 2001. It is dedicated to the anniversaries of the attack. As from 2018 the park charges an affordable entry fee.30/= Kenya shillings.
In order to preserve the sanctity of the park please:
- Treat the park and other visitors with due respect
- Act peacefully
- Behave quietly
- Keep to the paved areas
- Do not litter
- Observe by laws and remember at all times why the park is built
*From the trustees!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can visit the park from 8:30 am to 6 pm daily.