Kenyans injured in embassy explosion visit Oklahoma City bomb site

Wednesday, June 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Victims of a terrorist attack on the U-S Embassy in Kenya visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial today.

Douglas Sidialo was blinded by an explosion during the attack but relied on his sense of touch to tour the bombing memorial.

Sidialo led a small contingency of his 15-hundred member Visual Seventh August support group to Oklahoma City for a week-long visit. The support group was organized after the 1998 embassy bombing.

Bud Welch led Sidialo through the grounds of the memorial. Welch's daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Welch says Oklahoma City bombing survivors want to help the Kenyans deal with what Oklahomans felt after the bombing.

The contingency left a painted plate and a T-shirt with the group's name on the fence.

The trip was organized by Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg Virginia.

Welch and three other survivors will travel to Kenya July second, along with three people from Eastern Mennonite University as their project continues.