Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christians from terrorists dies

Salah Farah, seen here after Al-Shabaab militants shot him during a bus attack in Kenya, died Monday during surgery.

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  • Kenyan who shielded Christians from Al-Shabaab attack dies during surgery
  • Salah Farah, a school teacher, explained his courageous action: "We are brothers"

Kenya (CNN)Kill us all or leave.

That's what Salah Farah told Al-Shabaab gunmen who ambushed a bus he was riding in the Kenyan county of northeast Mandera in late December. The gunmen said they were going to kill Christian passengers.
    "They told us if you are a Muslim, we are safe," he then recalled to the BBC. But Farah and other Muslims on the bus stood up to the terrorists and risked their lives by shielding the Christians.
    Farah was shot. Over the past several weeks, he has seemed in good spirits, talking to reporters and his family. But on Monday, during surgery, he died.
    The school teacher's words of peace and brotherhood are being praised this week in international news coverage.
    "People should live peacefully together," he told Voice of America earlier this month. "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."
    Farah's body was flown on a police helicopter to his home where he was buried. Many gathered at his graveside, wept and prayed. His wife, Dunia Mohamed, is nine months pregnant. They have four children.
    Al-Shabaab attacked this bus last December in northeast Kenya.
    Farah was his family's primary breadwinner. The