Given the times that we’re living in, it’s always a breath of fresh air to come across some good news. The following story is based out of Paris, France, by way of The New York Times.
Meet Mamoudou Gassama.
Gassama is a 22-year-old migrant from Mali who has made international news for saving the life of a 4-year-old boy hanging from a balcony in Paris, France. Gassama scaled four balconies of a building in order to pull the child up to safety, and he’s being called “The Spider-Man of the 18th” due to the area in Paris that the incident occurred. Apparently, he got to Paris by journeying through Burkina Faso, Niger, and Libya before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and arriving in France last September. He has yearned to secure his documentation ever since.
His rescue sparked new conversations about France’s Immigration Policy, but President Emmanuel Macron advised that Mr. Gassama will be the exception. Pres. Macron stated that Gassama would have his documentation papers as quickly as possible, and because of his bravery, the Paris firefighters are eager to welcome him to their ranks. When asked about the incident, Gassama advised the following:
“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. So I crossed the road to go save him.
I felt afraid when I saved the child. I started to shake, I could hardly stand up. I had to sit down.”
You can read the full article, written by Aurelien Breeden and Alan Cowell, by clicking here. Be sure to check out this hero’s act of bravery below.
Much respect to you, sir.
Until Next Time…