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Noramfaizul Mohd Nor

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

What was supposed to be a normal day yesterday started out with some heartbreaking news. I always try not to read the news when I start my day, but a headline caught my eye as I was logging in to check my mail: Bernama TV cameraman shot dead in Somalia.

PETALING JAYA: Bernama TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, 41, who was in Somalia with the Putera 1Malaysia Club for the Humanitarian aid mission, was killed in Mogadishu Friday night.

According to Khairulanuar Yahaya, a Bernama TV journalist, Noramfaizul who was with members of the electronic media on a truck and heading to the city’s commercial centre to send visuals that were earlier recorded, was hit by a bullet fired at an army truck by rebels.

Image courtesy of Gobolada.com

Image courtesy of Utusan Online

Dear Malaysian brothers and sisters, we Somali people share the sorrow of the loss of our brother, may Allah give him the loftiest of stations in Jannah. He went to Somalia with the humanitarian aid mission and that alone speaks volumes about his noble character and courage. I cannot begin to imagine what his family are going through, but my prayers are with his wife Narzrina Jaafar, and two sons, Mohd. Irfan, 8, and Mohd. Naufal, 3. My eyes teared up as I read an excerpt about his father accepting the death of his only son and not blaming anyone for the tragedy; a rarity in today’s world where people are consumed by revenge and hatred.

I could not help but notice some people turning comments sections into yet another platform to voice their disdain for opposing political parties and show their hatred for others instead of wishing the family well or keeping quiet. It is the aim of a few to keep Somalia from ever stabilizing, and members of the African Union mission in Somalia are believed to have carried out this attack. Every time there is an inkling of hope and Somalia takes a step forward, someone carries out an atrocity like this and sends us 10 steps back. I pray the Malaysian people see beyond this horrible act and continue to help those in need. I love Malaysia and its people, and it has always been welcoming to Somali people; I hope what was done by a group of non-Somalis in our land does not change the decades of brotherhood we share.

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