Thursday 27 July 2017

Terror's true threat: the 'us' and 'them' feeling

Crowds gather to pay a silent tribute to the victims of the terror attacks at the Place de la Republique, in Paris. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Crowds gather to pay a silent tribute to the victims of the terror attacks at the Place de la Republique, in Paris. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Paul D'Alton

On January 7, 2015, Lassana Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim from Mali in west Africa, was working in a kosher grocery shop in Paris. He risked his life to save 15 Jewish people when the shop was attacked by extremists.

He hid the shoppers, including a baby, in a cold storage room. He had the presence of mind to turn off the cooling unit so those hiding inside wouldn't suffer hypothermia.

He told them to stay calm and quiet, to huddle together for warmth, and he went out in search of help. He saved the lives of 15 Jewish people and risked his own life in the process.

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