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Cabbie-Stabbing Victim's Story Almost Unbelievably Sad

Now that we've all been shocked by the cabbie stabber, let's find out about his victim, Ahmed Sharif . Damn: He can't work because of his wounds, and fund-raising efforts barely raised enough to pay for his kids' baby formula.

Stabbed cabbie out of work, worries about feeding family
By Ashley Fantz
August 29, 2010 3:24 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif cannot bring himself to talk about the young man who allegedly cut his throat and nearly killed him last week, a taxi union representative said Sunday.

"Ahmed is a strong man, but mentally he has limits," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. "The trauma he's experienced will last for a long time."

Desai spent time this weekend with Sharif. She said his most pressing worry is how he'll provide for his wife and four children -- including a 10-month-old --without a job. Sharif is receiving 2/3 of his salary, about $30,000 a year, in workers' compensation. Union members do not get health insurance or disability payments, Desai said.

"My guess is that he'll be unable to work for at least four months," Desai said. "He can't even pick up his baby because of the wounds to his arms. He can't turn his neck."

There's been so little money raised over the past few days for Sharif that it would "barely cover baby formula," said Desai who, along with Sharif, held a widely publicized press conference Friday announcing the union was creating a fund for the family. The union's website indicates how to mail a donation or give online.

==more at link==

There is a donate-online button at the link below. Note "Ahmed Sharif Family" in the field "Designate your donation to a specific program or fund."

On behalf of the Sharif family, we would like to express our gratitude for the heart-warming support from our fellow New Yorkers and to our neighbors across the country.  Many of you have generously sent in donations to the family through NYTWA.  We thank you for this kindness and ask for further support.

Please write in the memo, "Ahmed Sharif Family."

Checks and money orders can be made payable to, "Ahmed Sharif"
Mail to:
Ahmed Sharif
c/o New York Taxi Workers Alliance
250 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310
NY, NY 10001

We will deliver the monies immediately to the family as they come in and send you a receipt signed by Ahmed for acknowledgment.  Thank you.

Let's all do what we can to help get this hard-working gentleman get through the hard times, please.

Originally posted to stef on Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 09:25 PM PDT.

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