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20+ People Killed At Hyatt Hotel? (a.k.a. Spelling Is Important)

by SharonKurheg

If you write something that’s intended to be read by the masses, it’s important to get your facts straight. Imagine the shock of reading some of these headlines over the past few days (boldface is mine):

Somalia (officially the Federal Republic of Somalia) is a country in the Horn of Africa. It’s bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland. It’s also a Third World that’s had on-again off-again problems with periods of military rule, civil war and/or Islamic insurgents for years.

Anyway, officials say that at least 20 people were killed after unidentified gunmen stormed an upscale hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday evening. This followed gunfire and large explosions in the area.

As per Reuters, the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Jihadist group statements.

According to the reports above, the hotel was a Hyatt property. There’s one problem – there ARE no Hyatt hotels in Somalia. The only Hyatts on the African continent are in:

So what happened? Well, if you check more well-known websites, such as Reuters, Sky News, NPR, Al Jazeera, The BBC, etc., you’d know that the Somalian hotel in question, located in the country’s capital of Mogadishu, was the Hayat Hotel. Not the Hyatt Hotel.

The Hayat Hotel has been a popular venue with lawmakers and other government officials. It advertises (well, advertised. Past tense. 🙁 ) itself on Facebook as a luxury hotel with a “good, relaxing atmosphere.” Its photos on TripAdvisor suggest it had clean, comfortable rooms and even a large space for meetings, etc.

Their website mentions a lounge and restaurant with all-day dining, business services, complimentary breakfast, 42″ flat screen Smart HD TVs with free Wi-Fi and Netflix.

They even have a TikTok video:

@hayathotelhargeisa

#hayathotelhargeisa #hargeysa #somaliland

♬ original sound – Hayat Hotel HARGEISA

But the place is definitely NOT a Hyatt Hotel. Double-checking of spelling, like punctuation, matters.

Regardless, the events of Friday evening are a tragedy. Our hearts go out to all those involved in the rampage against the Hayat Hotel.

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4 comments

Rich August 22, 2022 - 12:26 pm

Don’t you think your headline should say “Hayat”? Some people will read only the headline.

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SharonKurheg August 22, 2022 - 12:29 pm

If the world should have learned anything by this point, it’s that they shouldn’t just read the headlines. But for those who insist, we do have the “(a.k.a. Spelling Is Important”)” to suggest the article goes beyond just the headline.

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BC August 22, 2022 - 1:15 pm

I love your blog, writing style and sense of humor, but think the headline is wrong here. I understand the point of the article, but it’s not the right way to do this.

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SharonKurheg August 22, 2022 - 1:18 pm

Noted. Thanks for your input.

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