At­tack vic­tims grate­ful to strangers who helped them

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By GAO BO in Urumqi gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn

While the fu­neral for a Mus­lim from the Hui eth­nic group who was killed in the May 22 ter­ror­ist at­tack in Urumqi was be­ing held at a lo­cal mosque on Thurs­day, the vic­tims who sur­vived the at­tack con­tin­ued their search for those who helped them.

The search was ini­ti­ated by a 62-yearold Uygur woman, Sharegul Shayit. Dur­ing an in­ter­view, she ex­pressed a de­sire to find the taxi driver who took her to a hospi­tal af­ter she was in­jured in the at­tack.

Sharegul was buy­ing milk and red ju­jube at the morn­ing mar­ket near her home along Gongyuan­bei Road when two ve­hi­cles rushed into the crowd and people in­side them threw ex­plo­sives. She fell down and in­jured one of her arms. On her way home, a taxi driver of Han eth­nic­ity picked her up and took her to a nearby hospi­tal free of charge.

Her story was re­ported by many me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion. The driver hasn’t been found. Other he­roes ap­peared, too. Ma Zhi­hui, 39, who lives in the res­i­den­tial area on the road where the at­tack oc­curred, was one of the first res­cuers to ar­rive at the scene.

“I was shocked by the scene,” Ma re­called. “I helped carry the in­jured, most of them un­con­scious with blood on their body.”

Ma, who was sad while re­call­ing the at­tack aftermath, said he cares much about the con­di­tion of the people he helped. “I hope they re­cover soon,” he said.

Sun Xi­uy­ing, 78, who is Sharegul’s room­mate, also wanted to say thanks to those who helped her on the way to the hospi­tal. She said she would not have re­ceived timely treat­ment with­out their help af­ter her leg was in­jured in the at­tack.

She told CCTV that people should love each other no mat­ter which eth­nic group they are from.

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