By Philip Mansbridge
Across China tonight many thousands of people will sit down for dinner in rooms surrounded by ivory ornaments, wearing ivory bracelets, perhaps even eating with ivory chopsticks. All for status, to show wealth and success, to show that they've made it and can afford to adorn themselves and their surroundings with this 'luxury' item. But perhaps tonight, dinner will taste that little bit sourer.
As Kenyan forces still battle to bring an end to the tragic situation in the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, and as a country and her people, and indeed people all around the world, mourn this tragic and pointless massacre, those that purchase ivory should right now feel particularly guilty.
On Saturday, Somalian based terrorist group Al Shaabab, entered Westgate and started killing innocent people out for their Saturday shop, out to meet friends and family, to go to the cinema, to play and relax. Men died, women died, children died - all races, all religions, all nationalities - slaughtered. No one really knows what the true death toll is, but some are expecting much more than the current quoted figure.
Outside of these innocent victims, the 'faceless' secondary victims - the children, partners, husbands, mothers, wives and fathers all now doomed to a lifetime of sorrow and soul searching. The ones that the press call 'lucky to escape' who will have to battle their nightmares for the rest of their lives after witnessing the massacre. All of these people, all impacted in a way we cannot imagine, all for no reason.
I don't claim to know much about Al Shaabab but I do know about Kenya and about Westgate. I have a team member who lives just a few hundred metres away from the centre, and who left the centre just moments before the terrorists stormed in. More....