lampedusa's little hero

August 21, 2016

Ahmed Mahmoud, a thirteen-year-old boy, has traveled alone from his hometown in Egypt to seek medical treatment for his little brother who suffers from the blood disorder, thrombocytopenia. When he arrived in Italy, the young boy told a police officer on the island of Lampedusa that he wanted his younger brother to survive. The officer, Maria Volpe, explained why she took Ahmed from Lampedusa to Porto Empedocle. “To see a 13-year-old boy who risks his life, crossed the sea and comes to Italy only to ask for help to save his brother is a new story, among so many human cases," she remarked. Quoting Mahmoud, the officer said: "I am here because I want to help, I want to save him and continue to play with him.”

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