"Watu Wote," a fictional film adaptation set to premiere next month, relives the ordeal of Muslims who protected Christians from al-Shabaab militants who ambushed a bus in Mandera, Kenya in December 2015.
According to Kenya's northeastern region chief administrator Mohamud Saleh, al-Shabaab militants killed at least two people when they ambushed a passenger bus in Mandera county in December 2015. The militants tried to wave the vehicle down and showered it with bullets when the driver did not stop, Al Jazeera details.
There were 62 Muslims aboard the bus, and the al-Shabaab terrorists asked them to point out the Christian passengers. However, they refused to do so and told the militants to either leave or kill all of them. This story is retold by the movie "Watu Wote," which means "All of Us," Crux reports.
One of those who was shot during the ordeal was a teacher named Salah Farah. She died after a few weeks. Farah later became a symbol of unity and religious co-existence in Kenya.
"Watu Wote" director Katja Benrath, who studies at the Hamburg Media School in Germany, marveled at how the Mandera bus passengers stood up for each other regardless of their religion. For her, the story suggests that there is hope for humanity.
"We were touched by the story ... that in a situation like this one humanity could win," Benrath said. "In this life-threatening moment, people stood up for each other - not caring about the religion of the next person because they wanted to save and shield human beings."
In addition, Benrath shared her experience with Christians and Muslims in Kenya. During her trip to Mandera, where they spoke to people before they made the film, she observed that the citizens there had respect for each other and knew that each one of them contributes to the strength of their community.
Mandera-based Roman Catholic priest John Musyoka applauded the film, saying it will change people's perceptions about Musims being terrorists.