I think it is bad enough when your adult child kills even one person, but at least the world doesn’t come knocking on your door, and you don’t see their photo on every news show and every newspaper you pick up. But to have your son or daughter vilified as a murdering terrorist who guns down innocent people by the dozen, that’s another story entirely. I can only imagine how this woman’s father must feel. My sympathy and prayers go out to him and his family, including h is 85 year old mother who is distraught enough to be admitted to the hospital for the grief and stress.
One wonders why this young girl became enmeshed in the whole thing to start with…why she was vulnerable to the violent Muslim sect that she married into, then continued to play an active role in. In a group that gives women few freedoms, why was she allowed to actually lead terror attacks?
Many questions arise from this horrible case, but there are probably going to be few answers, especially if she was killed in the attacks to reclaim the mall. Why would a middle class girl raised in Great Britain want to gun down Christian men and women? Why is there still intolerance and prejudice against other religious? Some of the articles about her say that she started to “go off” after her parents’ divorce, but with millions of kids of divorced parents, most if not the majority do fine in society, why did she of all people go rabid?
My prayers go out to the families of the men, women and children who were gunned down just for not being Muslim, or for being Americans. Every time something like this happens it makes each of us feel less safe. I spent some time in Kenya in the mid 1960s and have kept up with the violence in those areas now. Many, if not all , of the 36 different countries in Africa in which I visited in the mid-1960s during an incarnation as a wild animal photographer, have fallen prey to violence and Muslim atrocities. I would no longer feel safe in going to any of those African countries today.
The father of White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is appalled by the idea that his daughter may have masterminded the massacre in the Kenyan mall, neighbours have said.
Former soldier Andy Lewthwaite came face to face with the toll of terror attacks when he served in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles in the 1970s.
Now he is struggling to come to terms with allegations that his daughter – already the world’s most wanted woman – was behind the attack that has killed more than 60 people in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi.
A neighbour told the Daily Mirror: ‘Andy is aware of how appalling indiscriminate shootings are.
‘For him to imagine his own daughter is involved in this is very painful.
‘He has been very dignified… his daughter is apparently tarnishing both his reputation and his country’s reputation.’
Their comments come after it emerged that Lewthwaite’s frail 85-year-old grandmother has been admitted to hospital because of the stress of her granddaughter’s notoriety.
Elizabeth Allen, from Banbridge, Co Down, was given a panic alarm to contact security services in case terror suspect Lewthwaite ever made contact.
I pray also for the family of this woman for the all too public shame and pain they must be experiencing, but I in no way blame them for the sins of their daughter, however horrible. In the end we are each only responsible for our own actions.