An Indelible Humanitarian Gesture


Mamoudou Gassama! This is the man whose name would have entered the bad books of French history for sneaking into the country without official documents. The young Malian man is now a household name in France and beyond for braving the odds to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris. Mamoudou Gassama single-handedly scaled the facade of the building and hauled the youngster to safety while a mammoth crowd of people stood shouting and hooting their cars without taking further action.

This spectacular rescue captured on film has and continue to be viewed several million times on social networks. The film of the rescue shows Gassama, 22, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony. On reaching the fourth floor, Gassama put one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child. Fire fighters arrived at the scene just to find the child had already been rescued. This earned him the name “Spiderman.”

Many people including heartless ones have described the act severally, but it all boils down to one thing; that it was a veritable humanitarian act coming from an African immigrant.  French President, Emmanuel Macron could not remain indifferent to the heroic act, and so responded immediately by inviting the young man to the Elysee Palace. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo praised the young migrant on Twitter for his "act of bravery" as well as phoning him personally to "thank him warmly". She equally promised helping him settle in France.

All these rewards are a product of bravery coming in as compensation for someone with a human heart and surprisingly from an illegal immigrant who could have normally remained in hiding. This surely, is a reminder that no man on earth can be styled as useless even if he has no identification documents.

As the saying goes, it is difficult to know ahead of time which woman can deliver a leader. In the same vein, all children once born belong to the whole community. Who knows what the rescued child will become in France! As Mamoudou Gassama continues to receive reward for his heroism, it is important to underscore that this particular incident should however not serve as a trigger for illegal immigration.

Or, should it make any illegal immigrant to think that he or she can cover his illegality in any country by initiating acts of bravery like Gassama. His, is a humanitarian act inspired by God, for many who believe in His existence.



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