Saturday, 10 January 2015

Heroes

Brave, brave people standing up to extremism....

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Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack
Article here
"A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses....The militants decided to leave after the passengers' show of unity"
Location : Mandera County, North East Kenya, bordering Somalia.

Another article quotes an eyewitness as saying that some of the Muslim passengers gave Christians head scarfs to try and conceal their identities.


(Image via Wikipedia)

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Lassana Bathily
Article here
"A Muslim shop assistant [Lassana Bathily] has been hailed a hero after saving at least six people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer at the Jewish grocery store where an Islamist gunmen made his final stand."

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Mr. Muhammad Ishaq
Article here)
"The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker who was part of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan.

Mr. Ishaq was shot and killed in the Gadap town area of Karachi on Friday evening.

Polio immunization activities were suspended in this area of Karachi earlier this week after a shooting incident injured two WHO staff members who were supporting the implementation and monitoring of a vaccination campaign.

Until activities were suspended, Mr. Ishaq had worked with the national polio eradication effort as a Union Council Polio Worker for several months, helping to plan and implement vaccination campaigns to protect the most underserved and vulnerable children against this debilitating disease.

Because of the dedication of heroes like Mr. Ishaq, Pakistan is this year closer than ever to the eradication of polio. He was known for his dedication and diligence to immunize all children against polio.

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that can cause permanent paralysis in a matter of hours. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be eradicated if every child is immunized until transmission stops worldwide."

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Malala Yousafzai
Main Blog Post here
Malala Yousafzai is a school-girl who lived in the Swat region of Pakistan who actively tried to improve the availability of schooling for girls in the area. Malala's efforts were recognised within Pakistan, with awards of the National Youth Peace Prize and the National Peace Award for Youth. By 2012 she was planning to organize the Malala Education Foundation, which would help poor girls go to school.

On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus. She was hit with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. Two other girls were also wounded in the shooting.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with an article reporting Sirajuddin Ahmad, a spokesman of Swat Taliban as saying :“We had no intentions to kill her but were forced when she would not stop (speaking against us).."

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Salaman Taseer
Main Blog Post here
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was assassinated in Pakistan on 4th Jan 2013. The governor had campaigned against the abuse of the country's Blasphemy Laws which are often abused to settle scores and persecute minorities. Taseer had been campaigning for the release of Asia Bibi who had been accused of blasphemy after an argument with a group of women while harvesting berries.

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Aitzaz Hasan
Article here "Aitzaz Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest. Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest, his cousin told the BBC."

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Asma Jahangir has "championed battered wives, rescued teenagers from death row, defended people accused of blasphemy, and sought justice for the victims of honour killings.[read more]

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