Unfortunately, now that Mr. Haji’s identity has come out, his family has been receiving death threats, presumably from people supportive of al-Shabab.
Via Daily Mail:
Katherine Walton feared she and her children would not get out alive after becoming trapped under a table outside a supermarket in the Westgate complex.
But they were saved by Abdul Haji, the son of a former Kenyan security minister, who bravely ushered them to safety as he fired back at the terrorists with a handgun.
His identity has now been revealed after his story was immortalised in an iconic photograph which shows him reaching out to Mrs Walton’s four-year-old daughter Portia as she runs away with fear etched on her face.
The mother-of-five, who moved to Africa with her husband Phillip two years ago, said they wound up trapped in the line of fire after she took the children on a family trip to the mall.
Speaking of her terrifying ordeal, she told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We were just going to meet my two older boys in the supermarket when we heard an explosion,’ said Walton, 38, who moved to Kenya from North Carolina two years ago.
‘I grabbed the girls and started running. A woman pulled us behind a promotional table opposite. I could see the bullets hitting above the shops and hear the screaming all around us.’
Walton and her children were trapped, along with a Kenyan woman and two Indian women for hours beneath the table.