September 24, 2013 2:47 pm -

Elliot Pryor was with his mother, Amber, and 6-year-old sister, Amelie, who is also in what has become iconic photo. Elliot began arguing with the gunmen calling them “bad men” after his mom was shot in the thigh.

One of the gunmen is said to have asked if there were any children in the mall, and “Amber made a decision to stand up and say yes,” said the [childrens’] uncle

She was given permission to leave with her children, but was quick-witted enough to join to her party two additional children, including a 12-year-old whose mother was killed in the attack.

On their way out, the gunman allegedly rewarded Elliott with a pair of Mars bars, which he can be seen holding in the famous photo.

Amber later recalled how the gunman called after her, saying the group was only targeting Kenyans and Americans, not Britons.

“He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said “do you forgive us? Do you forgive us?,” she said. “Naturally, I was going to say whatever they wanted and they let us go.”

Cheston Catalano