A soldier was killed three weeks ago when a lone gunman affiliated with the infamous Al Shabaab militant organization stormed a Kenya Defense Forces camp in Somalia. Soldiers in the camp, however, managed to shoot the shooter down.
Gilbert Korir, a 22-year-old soldier, was the casualty. Korir said goodbye to his family and left for six months, intending to return home unharmed. On the other hand, his family was unaware that that was the final time they would see their ancestors alive.
His mother, Nancy Mutai, described a final phone chat she had with her son the day before he was shot. In an interview with Nation Africa, Mutua disclosed that Korir had asked her to oversee the planting of crops on a farm he had purchased nearby.
Korir called me the day before he passed away and asked me to oversee the planting of crops on a farm he had purchased nearby, Mutai sobbed as she said.
After graduating in 2020, her son was enlisted in the military and sent to Somalia right away, according to Mutai. The incident was so traumatic that she dispatched his siblings instead of going to Nairobi to confirm his body and see the postmortem.
While Mutai does not regret Korir enlisting, she wishes he had not been sent to a nation that was in the midst of a civil war.
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