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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Kenyans honour 'hero' Muslim who saved Christians
A social media campaign to raise funds for the family of a Muslim teacher who died protecting Christians during an attack in Kenya is gaining traction, with people hailing him as a "genuine hero" and a symbol of the country.
Salah Farah was shot after refusing to be separated from Christian passengers during an al-Shabab attack on a bus travelling from Mandera to Nairobi last month.
He succumbed to his wounds on Sunday, leaving behind four young children aged between two and 10, and a pregnant wife who is expected to give birth as soon as next week.
I tried to think about how we can do this for the family, as Kenyans, at least to appreciate what he has done not only for Kenyans but for humanity," explained Derow, who got the approval of Farah's cousin Rashid, and now guardian to his children, before launching the campaign.
Rashid confirmed to Al Jazeera that the family had given the go-ahead.
"The children need a shelter, they need education, they need to be cared [for]," Rashid told Al Jazeera. "The father and mother are the same."
He added: "Salah was well-respected, a religious man, who had just been promoted to deputy headmaster of a big primary school - he was having a lot of respect in the village".
So far, the campaign has raised over 150,000 Kenyan shillings ($1,460) mainly through the M-Pesa money transfer service, with donations ranging from $200 - sent by a female university professor in Canada - to just a few shillings.
"Even if someone sends just a few shillings, it can make a big difference," Derow said.