Baby Moshe’s braveheart cook in Mumbai has this big fear; now finds solace in watching boy on TV

By: | Published: January 19, 2018 1:44 PM

Baby Moshe was two years old at the time of 2008 Mumbai terror attack when he was miraculously saved from the carnage in south Mumbai’s Chabad House.

baby moshe, baby moshe cook, qazi zakir hussain, chabad house, 2008 mumbai attack, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, Rivkah, nariman point, israel, benjamin netanyahu, 26/11 attackBaby Moshe was two years old at the time of 2008 Mumbai terror attack when he was miraculously saved from the carnage in south Mumbai’s Chabad House. (IE)

Baby Moshe was two years old at the time of 2008 Mumbai terror attack when he was miraculously saved from the carnage in south Mumbai’s Chabad House. Elsewhere, in a house belonging to Qazi Zakir Hussain, now 30, a photo of Baby Moshe hangs on a wall – this is 65 km away from the place where the attack took place. Hussain’s photo, day after the initial attack, was splashed across all major newspapers and TV channels while he was holding a sobbing Baby Moshe and this went on to become the face of the attack. Tragically, Moshe’s parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah were killed in the siege at the Chabad centre in Colaba during the 26/11 terror attacks. Qazi Zakir Hussain was the cook and helper in the Holtzberg household in 2008 and he along with Moshe’s nanny Sandra Samuel hid themselves from the terrorists when the attack at the Chabad House took place. Fortunately, they escaped and they were instrumental in saving Baby Moshe, according to The Indian Express..

Now, as Baby Moshe visits India alongwith Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Hussain remains glued to the TV screen – Moshe arrived in India after nine long years. However, Hussain is at ease knowing that the boy for whom he cared so much is leading a normal and secure life. Hussain is now a father of a two year old and kept contact with Moshe till a few years back. Moshe’s nanny, Sandra, used to connect the call between Moshe and Hussain but that has fallen out of order over the past few years. Hussain remembers the night with distinct clarity when the Nariman house was attacked. Hussain who had been working since 2004 in the house as the only Muslim staffer. After hearing cries he had rushed to the room along with Sandra and picked Baby Moshe up as he sat there between his dead parents covered in blood. Sandra then wrapped the boy in her arms and they had hid in the laundry room for hours while the carnage took place.

After the attacks, Hussain took care of the Chabad House for a few months as he could not go with Moshe to Israel due to lack of passport and his ailing mother. He later got a job with a falafel restaurant and now works at Taj Sats Air catering. He after a few years got married and has a daughter in Assam, who constantly reminds him of Moshe. Hussain still has all the photos from that night on his cellphone.
Notably, Hussain wants to meet Baby Moshe, but fears the possibility of the child not remembering him at all. He finds solace now in just watching the boy on TV and has been virtually glued to the set to catch a glimpse of him.

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