Here in Kenya life is going on as usual. there is increased security, for example, cars are stopped and searched at the entrance to mall car parks, and customers are scanned with metal detectors as they enter supermarkets.
The coast resorts other than those in the Lamu area were always safe from the threat of pirates and the kidnap attacks as they were too far away from their bases in Somalia. That threat has receded anyway because of the security forces presence in the area and the fact that the Kenyan Army in Somalia has taken the towns that were used as bases for those attacks.and Lamu is open for business.
The situation changed after the Kenyan troops went into Somalia, the threat was no longer kidnappers, but terrorist reprisal attacks. There were two grenade attacks on working class Kenyan areas in Nairobi, but the perpetrators were quickly caught. There have been a few attacks in the town of Garissa, towards the Somali border, by Al Shabaab sympathisers, but other than that there has been nothing. The threat now is one we have lived with for decades in the UK, first from the IRA and more recently from Al Qaeda. The threat of a terrorist act, whic of course itf it happens could happen anywhere.
Here on the North Coast, it is just quietening down after being absolutely packed with tourists, mainly local but lots of internationals, over the Xmas / New Year period. When despite the threat there where lots of big beach parties and music events. The only downside for everyone was that fireworks were banned because of the alert.
The current situation is a bit puzzling as nothing seems to have changed. here, there have been no public announcements of a change in status here by the Kenyan Government, but presumably the FCO has sound reasons for the statements it has issued over the weekend.
I think the situation now is that the geographic location is irrelevant, if Al Qaeda are assisting Al Shabaab, then it is the nature of the target chosen for its impact, that is important rather than its location.
But at the moment there are thousands of tourists here carrying on as usual, relaxing and enjoying their holiday