Kenyan photographer and activist Boniface Mwangi arrived in New York this week to speak on a panel at the United Nations. While he was in town, we asked him about last week’s Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and some of the photos he took while there.

“You see these things on TV, and other countries–you see shootings in U.S. malls,” he said. “But you never thought it would happen in your country.

Watch the video above.

(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)