Meet A 13 Year Old Girl Who Survived Westgate Terror By Playing Dead Next To Her Father’s Body

We have been sharing Westgate Mall’s tale of survivors as we feel its important for us to thank GOD for every life saved.


Today we share about a courageous 13 year old girl who survived by playing dead next to her father who had been shot dead by terrorists.

Dr Juan Jesus Ortiz-Iruri had just pulled up in a basement car park under the shopping centre when he was shot in the chest.

Victim: Dr Juan Ortiz-Iruri, whose daughter Juanita survived the mall attack by playing dead next to his body after he was shot by terrorists

His daughter, Juanita Ortiz, sustained gunshot wounds to her leg and hand, but managed to evade a possible follow-up hit by lying still for up to four hours.

Her brother Luis, who flew to Kenya from Australia, told The Times: ‘For a couple of hours, maybe four, she sat in the car until someone came and got her and carried her into an ambulance. 

‘They left my father because he was dead.’

Dr Ortiz-Iruri had recently been offered a job as a senior technical adviser in the Centre of Maternal and Newborn Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The family was due to leave Kenya today and Juanita was reportedly excited aboutmoving to England. 

I would say being in such a situation must have been really scary for that girl as she was lying next to her dead loving Father.

Kenya Gospel News

Renown Gospel Singer Don Moen And Bishop TD Jakes Message Of Condolence To Westgate Victims (READ)

One of those days when you feel like its the end o the world is Saturday 21st September 2013 when Westgate Mall was raided by armed gang men/terrorists.

This shook the nation as we lost 39 members which was confirmed by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and more than 60 people wounded. This news which are saddening spread all over the world and we received messages of from different leaders preachers and singers including Don Moen and Bishop TD Jakes.don moen thumb


Read below their messages :

Don Moen

Dear Jesus, please be with the victims, those injured and their family members from the Nairobi mall attack today. My heart is heavy for everyone involved. As it says in Psalms 140:6-8
I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
do not let their plans succeed.

Give the leadership in Nairobi strength to protect their people and deliver peace to anyone affected from the shooting. I pray for peace in Nairobi and for Jesus to invade the hearts of those that have done this terrible thing today. Amen.

Bishop Jakes


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