Kenyans honour Muslim man who shielded Christians in attack

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyans are donating to the family of a Muslim man who was fatally wounded by Islamic extremists while shielding Christians during an attack on a bus.

See Full Article

On Twitter the hashtag HeroSalah has been trending as some Kenyans fundraise for the family of Salah Farah, who died Sunday in a Nairobi hospital. On Tuesday, his body was flown to the northeastern town of Mandera for burial.

"Salah's children and widow appreciate your support but that's not enough, his children need to go to school. Walk the talk," Mohamud Abbas said on Twitter.

Ann McCreath wrote: "Important to support this #HeroSalah is a symbol of the Kenya we want."

"Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said: "He was a true hero. He died while protecting innocent Kenyans from terrorists."

Farah, who was a teacher in the coastal town of Malindi, was among passengers on a bus from Mandera to Nairobi in December when they were attacked by al-Shabab gunmen.

When they were ordered to separate according to religion, he was among the Muslims who refused, to protect the Christians. He was shot in the hip.

Kenyans are praising Farah on social media, saying his example should be emulated in a country facing a growing threat of Islamic extremism as Kenyans with ties to al-Shabab, a Somali group, launch attacks in this country.

In 2011, Kenya's government deployed peacekeepers to Somalia in part to stop al-Shabab members from crossing the border and launching attacks on Kenyan territory. Al-Shabab opposed the deployment and vowed to wage more attacks.

Last week al-Shabab attacked a camp for Kenyan peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia, killing an unknown number of Kenyan soldiers. Al-Shabab claimed it killed about 100 Kenyans in that attack, but Kenyan officials have refused to provide a death toll.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Warrant issued for mother of Ont. girl who was subject Amber Alert

    Canada News CTV News
    Layla Sabry, 9, is described as white, about four-foot-two, with a thin build, brown hair, and brown eyes. Source
  • Ceremonies mark 27 years since Montreal massacre

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL - Polytechnique Montreal opted for a simple commemoration today to mark the 27th anniversary of the massacre that saw 14 women gunned down at the school. A bouquet of 14 white roses was placed at a memorial plaque in honour of the 13 students and one staff member killed on Dec. Source
  • Indigenous people can be leaders in climate change fight: Bellegarde

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations wants indigenous people to take the lead in the fight against climate change -- an issue sure to dominate the agenda for first ministers gathering later this week in Ottawa. Source
  • Head-on crash claims New Jersey trooper, man

    World News Toronto Sun
    MILLVILLE, N.J. — A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car travelling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said. Source
  • Edmonton dog breeding operation shut down [Video]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A man and woman are charged after dozens of dogs at a local breeding operation were found suffering in horrific conditions, says the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS). “I’ve been here six years now in the animal protection department and this is the worst one I’ve seen for the number of animals confined to these spaces,” said peace officer B.Grey, supervisor of Animal Protection Services with the Edmonton Humane Society. Source
  • NYC mayor blames Trump for rise in hate crimes

    World News Toronto Sun
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 10:39 AM EST | Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 10:45 AM EST Source
  • Four Calgary children orphaned by parents' suspected drug overdoses

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Two people dead from what police believe were drug overdoses were found by their four children. Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette with the Calgary Police Service said a 14-year-old phoned 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. When first responders got to the 30 block of Glengrove Close S.W. Source
  • Lebanese women protest against rape law

    World News CTV News
    BEIRUT -- A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, have gathered outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor. Source
  • 'He always said he was going to kill her': Turkish laws protecting women are often ignored

    World News CBC News
    Aydeniz Alisbah Tuskan doesn't really need reminders, but her bulletin board is plastered with the headlines anyway: rape, murder, domestic violence in Turkey and the ongoing battle to ensure the abusers, rapists and killers are punished. Source
  • Iraqi troops enter another ISIS-held neighbourhood in Mosul

    World News CTV News
    MOSUL, Iraq -- The Iraqi army on Tuesday pushed into another neighbourhood held by the Islamic State group on the southeastern edge of Mosul, according to a military statement and Iraqi commanders on the ground. Source