Tuesday, September 13, 2011


As a follow-up to my September 12 posting ("Update: Kenyan Military Search for Kidnapped Widow"), British national Judith Tebbutt, 56, whose husband, David, was shot and killed at the Kiwayu Safari Village(http://www.kiwayu.com) on September 10 near the Somalian border is still missing despite a nationwide search for her in Kenya.

The upscale resort is just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Somalian border. David Tebbutt, 58, was shot and killed by six gunmen when they broke into the couple's poorly secured cottage at the Kiwayu Safari Village, which has now been closed until further notice.

COMMENT: To make matters worse, Mrs. Tebbutt is also deaf, which inhibits her being able to deal with an event so traumatic as a kidnapping. In the meantime, Kenyan authorities are attempting to determine through elders in Somalia whether Tebbutt is being held there. To date, there has been no claim made for the kidnapping nor has there been a ransom demand.

The Lamu island chain and the surrounding area where the British couple was staying is one of Kenya's top luxury holiday destinations and favored by celebrities, despite being close to the border with war-torn Somalia.

Prior to the shooting death of Mr. Tebbutt and the kidnapping of Mrs. Tebbutt, the British Foreign Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) had recommended that Britons not travel within 30 kilometers (18 miles) of the Somalian border.

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