It was one of the most moving images of Kenya’s Westgate Mall terror attack — a little girl running in terror across an empty corridor to the outstretched arm of her rescuer.
Now we can tell the remarkable stories of both the child and her saviour. Portia is the four-year-old daughter of American expatriates Katherine and Philip Walton, both IT workers.
The man who saved her along with her mother and two sisters is Abdul Haji, a Somali Muslim and the son of a former security minister in the Kenyan government.
Mr. Haji said his father taught him to use a gun to protect their cattle from bandits when he was growing up. (Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)