Kenyan a finalist for CNN award

A woman from Lamu County was among the 10 finalists of the CNN Hero of the Year Award held in New York.

Ms Umra Omar, 33, made to the list of the finalists but did not win the award. It was clinched by Mr Jeison Aristizábal of Columbia, instead.

Ms Omar was among the finalists due to her extraordinary work.

She quit a job in the United States to help people without access to health care in her home area — Lamu.

During the 10th annual event, which was aired live from New York City, each of the 10 CNN heroes received $10,000 (Sh1 million) on Sunday night in recognition of their work.

In her short speech after receiving her award, Ms Omar called for unity. “If you want to go fast, go alone. To go far, we must go together despite colour, gender, beliefs or social status.

“May this award be a constant reminder that marinating in comfort is not an option. Fear is not an option. With a leap of faith, we can all be the change that our world screams for,” said Ms Omar in a video posted on Twitter by CNN.

She stayed in America for years and moved to Kenya in 2010. During her time in the US, she earned degrees from prestigious institutions. She founded Safari Doctors — a group that travels by boat, road and air — to offer free medical services to more than 1,000 people a year in remote and insecure areas near the Somalia border.

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