From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.
It has been a week since gunmen attacked a shopping center in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The attack left more than 70 people dead. The Kenyan Red Cross said Thursday that about 60 others were still missing. The attack left many people feeling powerless and shocked. But instead of hiding at home, Kenyans have come out to donate food, clothing, their own blood and money. The country appears more united because of the attack.
The violence at the Westgate shopping mall lasted four days. During that time, medical workers offered help to victims and security forces at a nearby community center. Those seeking assistance often had to run for cover as gunshots and explosions were heard.
A small army of volunteers came to the center. They provided food, medical services and emotional support to an endless line of people.
Vimal Shah helped to direct the community center operation. He says so many people wanted to feed Kenyan security forces or help the victims that he had to turn people away.
Nzioka Waita works for Safaricom. In just two days, the communications company collected more than $700,000 for the Kenyan Red Cross.
"This is the Kenya I know and I grew up knowing. One that was built on the spirit of ‘Harambee,' spirit of togetherness. So you know, I am pleasantly surprised in how quickly the funds have come together, but not entirely surprised that we've pulled together from the various communities and religious affiliations."
He also says there has been huge support from the many Kenyans who live overseas.
But the mall attack has also incited some tension in Kenya. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. Some reports say the attackers had freed some Muslims, but executed other people. After those stories appeared, there was criticism of Muslims and Somalis on social networking websites.
There are still tribal tensions left from the Kenyan elections earlier this year. Vimal Shah says the crisis last weekend brought the nation together. But he hopes that Kenyans do not start fearing one another after seeing such violence.
"This is pure terrorism. This is not about religion. This is not about one religion against another religion. And I think Kenyans stand together. We've got all different tribes coming together, all different people coming together, and saying, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.'"
Naima Amir collects money for St. John Ambulance Kenya, a medical aid group. She says the mall attack shows that Kenyans have closed the wounds from the country's 2007 elections.
"People have learned to appreciate peace. They have learned to appreciate each other. And the diversity within ourselves is a strength and not a line to divide the country."
Naima Amir is a Muslim. She describes the attack as "senseless violence" that has nothing to do with Islam.
On Tuesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also appealed for unity. He declared that Kenya would defeat "the monster of terrorism," one that wanted to tear the country apart.
And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
1.donate vt. 捐赠；捐献
We donate to the school endowment fund every year.
2.togetherness n. 相聚，家庭聚会；团结精神；归属感
The difficulties have created a spirit of togetherness.
3.affiliation n. 友好关系；加入；联盟；从属关系
He was arrested because of his political affiliation.
4.senseless adj. 愚蠢的；无知觉的；无意识的
She was exasperated by the senseless delays.
1.but not entirely surprised that we've pulled together from the various communities and religious affiliations.
pull together 齐心协力
Everyone has pulled together for so long for this moment.
We must pull together for mutual interest.
2.On Tuesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also appealed for unity.
appeal for 恳求，请求；要求
He appealed for his parents'forgiveness.
They appealed for the destruction of all nuclear stockpiles.
肯尼亚首都内罗毕武装分子袭击购物中心的事件发生一周了，袭击导致70多人丧生。肯尼亚红十字会周四称仍有60多人下落不明，袭击使得很多人感到无力和震惊 。但肯尼亚人没有躲在家里，而是出来捐赠食物、衣服、献血和捐钱 。这个国家由于这场袭击而更加团结 。
但购物中心袭击案在肯尼亚还是引发了一些紧张，索马里武装组织阿尔沙巴布称对袭击负责。有报道称袭击者释放了一些穆斯林，但处决了其他人 。这些消息传出后，社交网站上出现了对穆斯林和索马里的批评 。
今年早些时候肯尼亚选举遗留了一些部落紧张情绪，Vimal Shah说上周的危机使得这个国家更加团结。但目睹了这场暴力，他希望肯尼亚人不害怕再发生暴力 。