KENYA – Muslim hero dies in surgery

NAIROBI –– A Muslim teacher who shielded Christian fellow passengers when their bus was attacked by Islamist militants has died in surgery to treat his bullet wound.

Salah Farah was on a bus travelling through Mandera in Kenya when it was attacked by al-Shabab in December.

Salah Farah called for Muslims and Christians to look after each other.
Salah Farah called for Muslims and Christians to look after each other.

The attackers told the Muslims and Christians to split up, but he was among Muslim passengers who refused.

A bullet hit Farah and almost a month on, he died in hospital in the capital Nairobi.

In previous attacks in the area, al-Shabab has killed Christians and spared Muslims.

At the time, Farah told the BBC’s Bashkas Jugsodaay that attackers had offered him an escape.

“They told us if you are a Muslim, we are safe. There were some people who were not Muslim. They hid their heads,” he said.

However, he recalled to Kenya’s The Daily Nation that people were told to separate but they refused.

“We asked them to kill all of us or leave us alone.”

Explaining his actions, he told Voice Of America earlier this month that “people should live peacefully together”.

“We are brothers.

“It’s only the religion that is the difference, so I ask my brother Muslims to take care of the Christians so that the Christians also take care of us . . . and let us help one another and let us live together peacefully.”

After his death, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet paid tribute to Farah, telling Kenya’s Standard that Farah was “a true hero”.

Farah’s brother Rashid told Kenya’s The Star newspaper he hoped his brother’s death would bring religious harmony and encourage Kenyans to live as one community.

Source: (BBC)

2 Responses to KENYA – Muslim hero dies in surgery

  1. Carlon Walkes
    Carlon Walkes January 19, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    What a noble act. RIP

  2. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar January 20, 2016 at 2:58 am

    This is real painful and hurtful a life taken , because of some lunatics


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