The son of a former security minister in the Kenyan government has spoken about how he rushed to the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi after receiving a text from his brother who was trapped inside.
The Daily Telegraph reveals that Abdul Haji's father taught him to use a gun when he was growing up, to protect their cattle from bandits.
His skills were to provide fire cover for the Kenyan Red Cross workers and help some of the 1,000 people escape at the start of a three day siege. But at least 72 lives were lost.
Abdul told a local television channel:
Mr Haji said he noticed women hiding under a table while he crouched with another rescuer outside the Nakumatt supermarket:
One of the women was Katherine Walton, 39, whom Mr Haji asked to encourage one of the older children to run towards him.
Her oldest daughter Portia emerged and ran across the deserted corridor in a moment that was captured in a dramatic image by a photographer.
Mr Haji said of the brave little girl:
Recalling the family's escape to safety, Mrs Walton said she could see the fear on her daughter's face in the photograph.