Isuzu Trooper Grille

Nairobi, Kenya c. 1989

On August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda terrorists set off coordinated deadly car bombs outside U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, and U.S. Embassy Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The death and destruction at both sites was extreme. In Nairobi, U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell suffered injuries as she was meeting with officials in a neighboring building that was damaged in the blast. Due to the destruction and confusion, local first responders were not able to immediately access the bombed embassy site in Nairobi. Foreign Service Officer couple Worley and Joyce Reed were two of several employees who found themselves within or near the site and jumped into action trying to help get their fellow coworkers out. Their personal vehicle, a 1989 Isuzu Trooper, was soon turned into a makeshift ambulance. It was the first “ambulance” in use immediately after the blast, before actual ambulances were able to reach the site.

  • Source/Credit: Gift of Worley (Lee) Reed and Joyce A. Reed
  • Catalog Number: 2017.0056.01
  • Created: c. 1989
  • Acquired: 2017

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