On the night of January 23, 2012, a 24-year-old Kenyan man named Anthony Omari awoke to find machete-wielding thugs breaking into the Kenyan orphanage where he lived and helped to take care of the children. The Faraja Children’s home had at the time grown from a one-room shack in Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera, into a decent property that had taken in about 37 boys and girls who had been abandoned or orphaned.
It was not the first time the orphanage had been attacked. It had been attacked three times already by thieves believed to be from a tin-shack slum not too far from the orphanage, and each time, Omari had fought off the attackers.
On the night of January 23, the attackers were able to break into the bedroom where Omari slept. And to protect the children, Omari threw a hammer at the attackers, who then responded by splitting open his face with a machete. Omari would later leave a hospital with an 11-stitch scar that ran from his forehead to his upper lip.
He told the Associated Press in 2012 that the assault was a revenge attack after having thwarted previous attacks by the thieves. He recalled that during the January 23 incident, the attackers first threw a machete at him after they entered his bedroom at the orphanage but he ducked and it hit the wall. He then managed to fight his way outside. However, the kids woke up and started screaming. He then tried to get the kids back into their room.
“I’m trying to tell them go back, but they were not listening, so I turned and was rushing to close the door, close them in,” Omari said. “That’s when I think one of them got me with that double edged sword, he got me in the face. So it was painful for a few seconds. But I swung my rod again, I hit him, he lost the sense of direction. I managed to close the boys in and I passed out.”
A few days after the attack, Omari went viral on Reddit for his bravery. Ben Hardwick, a 21-year-old Penn State student who was in Kenya on an internship at a nearby organization, posted Omari’s picture and his fresh scar on Reddit after he had gone to visit him at the orphanage following the attack.
Source – Monteoz Africa