Heroes make a difference

2 02 2014

This story was acted out on the world-wide stage and its ending took my breathe away. With the definition of “hero” being somewhat watered-down in our culture, no one can doubt the validity of the word being used for a 15 year old Pakistani teen named Aitizaz Hasan. Real heroes do not always die, but real heroes make a difference.

Pastor Dave

A 15-Year-Old Hero Dies Saving 2,000 of His Classmates from Suicide Bomber

(1/6/13) Aitizaz Hasan was forced to stand outside his school in Hangu (a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) as punishment for being late to school, while standing outside him and two other classmates noticed a man carrying a bomb attempting to enter the school. The two others with Aitizaz Hasan fled, but Aitizaz tackled the bomber and stopped him from entering. Aitizaz Hasan was not able to stop the man from detonating the bomb but he did save the lives of many in his heroic action.

According to The Guardian the “Hangu has a large community of Shias, an Islamic sect which many militant groups regard as heretics who should convert to the majority Sunni faith or be killed.” This helps explains the motive for the bomber, as unjust as it may be.

This 15-year-old boy is a hero and had a courage and selflessness that I think we should all admire. The boys father spoke on the incident…

My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children”

…his father, Mujahid Ali, told the Express Tribune newspaper according to The Guardian’s Article on the Story. Aitizaz Hasan’s local community and many have recognized this incident as an act of courage and are praising Aitizaz Hasan as a Hero.

Pakistani security officials examine the site of the suicide bombing in Hangu. Photograph: Basit Shah/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani security officials examine the site of the suicide bombing in Hangu. Photograph: Basit Shah/AFP/Getty Images

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