Attack victims grateful to strangers who helped them
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.