In the aftermath of the Westgate Mall attacks, a delicate interplay between sensitive forensic information, human rights, human stories and the perilous nature of emergency responses hangs in the balance. As more devastating details unravel, Kenyans reflect on what happened that day and on their fear, bravery and fragile hope.
By now, startling, often tragic and at times gruesome images of the events surrounding the Westgate mall terror attack have filled countless newspapers and social media platforms.
In-depth analysis as well as narrative accounts of armed gunmen, scores of victims, frightened people, the strategic use of politicised violence, hostage taking, and camo-clad soldiers have been carried across the world's media.
There are also more tempered glimpses of less overt hostility - video footage of billowing smoke, scenes of blood-tinged feathers from pillows carried by customers trapped in department stores, abandoned pushchairs and multi-level escalators, of hands in the air.
The Al-Shabaab attack saw the violation of basic human rights as well as instilling fear and a security crisis in Kenya.
As the crisis entered its 12th day, and in the wake of mounting allegations of government bungling, obfuscation and security failures, official state reports conflict with those...