Kandahar man who saved a family praised as hero
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A 25-year-old man, who saved seven members of a family from drowning after their car fell in a river in southern Kandahar province, on Sunday said he wondered “how people claim innocent lives.”
Hamidullah, a customs department employee, told Pajhwok Afghan News the seven family members were returning from a picnic on Friday when their car plunged into the river. They included women and children shouting for help, he said.
“The car was slowly drowning in waters while many people were standing above them watching and making videos on their cell phones.”
“I stopped my car at the side and jumped into the water and broke the window glass and dragged one person out and took him to safety.”
He got wounded when he smashed the car window but did not stop despite bleeding and preferred to rescue human lives.
The young man said he did not feel pain unless he rescued all the seven persons who were then taken to hospital by his friends.
Hamidullah said he did not realise if he had done something tremendous until reading comments about his action on social media. “That made me feel proud of myself. I wonder how people take the lives of innocent people and create fears among them. I ask such people to save lives instead of killing them in order to be close to humanity and to the God,” he added.
He also asked people, especially the ones who go on picnics at weekends, to follow traffic rules and care for their own and others’ lives.
Haji Aziz, one of the rescued persons, said “May Allah increase the number of people who save lives of people and not of those who kill.”
He said they were returning from a picnic when one of the tyres blasted causing his car to plunge into the water. Then he narrated the entire story of spectators and Hamiduallh.
He complained a policeman put him in a container soon after being rescued while he was bleeding and he was released when people intervened. He accused the policeman of demanding bribe from him.
Hamidullah has been widely praised as a hero on social media for saving lives of the seven people while not caring about his injury.
Civil society and provincial departments on Sunday organised a ceremony to appreciate Hamidullah and awarded him with an appreciation certificate.
Deputy Governor Abdul Ali Shamsi told the gathering: “I read several posts on Facebook which say there are many people who kill others but there is a person who saves lives.” These words made Hamidullah a hero, he said, adding that Hamidullah’s story conveyed a message to those who killed people to save lives.
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