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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Man who defied al Shabaab, took bullets for Christians dies at KNH

Nursing officer Erina Bwibo, Health CS Cleopa Mailu and KNH CEO Lily Koros when the CS visited Salah Farah injured in the Mandera bus attack. Farah died on Sunday after being in hospital for three weeks. Photo/Joseph Ndunda
Nursing officer Erina Bwibo, Health CS Cleopa Mailu and KNH CEO Lily Koros when the CS visited Salah Farah injured in the Mandera bus attack. Farah died on Sunday after being in hospital for three weeks. Photo/Joseph Ndunda

A man who was injured shielding Christians in the Mandera bus attack has died.

Salah Farah, 40, died on Sunday night at the Kenyatta National Hospital after being admitted for three weeks.

Farah was until his death the deputy headmaster at Mandera County Primary School and a student at Maasai Mara University.

The father of five was part of a group of commuters who on December 21, 2015, refused to be separated from their Christian colleagues when ambushed by terrorists near Kotulo a few kilometres away from Mandera town.

They dared the suspected al Shabaab militiamen to either kill all passengers on the Mandera-bound bus or leave.

The militants left fearing retaliation by residents from nearby villages, but only after shooting at the bus as it drove away, killing two people and injuring three.

Farah, who took bullets on his arm, was taken to Mandera hospital, before being flown to Nairobi for specialized treatment at KNH on December 25.

Two weeks ago, police offered a Sh8 million bounty for information on four terror suspects said to be involved in the attack.

In a condolence message to the family, Health CS Cleopa Mailu said Farah started bleeding profusely before his death.

"We hoped to save his life so he can live as a testimony and a teacher of being a brother's keeper," Mailu said.

"The hospital did its best but unfortunately the brave soul succumbed to complications from the injuries on Sunday night. We share our sorrows, and pray for the strength to the family so as they can bear with loss."

Speaking to the Star on Monday, Farah's brother Rashid said the death should bring religious harmony and encourage Kenyans to live as one community.

"He was responding well to treatment. On Sunday, the situation worsened and was in deep pain. But Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (To Allah we belong and to him we return),"he said.

Rashid called on well wishers to step in and help Farah's family as he was the sole bread winner.

At the time of going to press, the family was preparing for burial at Langata cemetery as per the Islamic teachings.


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