A Malian migrant in Paris has been very aptly named spiderman as he undertook a heroic and dramatic rescue to save a small boy who was hanging off the balcony of his house.

As the boy’s father was out shopping, the boy had been left unattended at home and ended up on the wrong side of the ledge.  Mamoudou Gassama, aptly named Spiderman, was recorded as he scaled the four-storey building and dragged the child to safety.

Mamoudou later met with French president Macron, who gave the real-life Spidey his citizenship and a job in the fire brigade. The rescue happened on Saturday following which an online petition was signed by 6,000 people as a calling for the Malian hero to be granted legal status.

In an interview with CBC news, he told the reporter that he loves children and would not let a 4 year-old get hurt. This serves as a great example in midst of a time where migrants are being shunned by many nations that migrants are also humans who have the courage, bravery and heart to do good. The topic does not directly affect us. But, as humans, we need to have humanity for our brothers and sisters who have fallen prey to circumstances that are unfortunate enough for them to leave their own homes.

We agree that idolizing one example is not right. So here’s a few immigrants who changed the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Believe it or not, The Terminator was born in Austria, travelled to the United States in 1968 and was granted citizenship in 1983

Albert Einstein

He escaped Germany along with his family during the second World War and took refuge in the US.

Levi Strauss

The man who founded Levi’s and changed the game for denim was born in Germany. He immigrated to the US and started the first company to make blue jeans in 1853.

Steve Chen and Jawed Karim

(NOT the guy holding the phone.)

These blessed all of us with centuries of procrastination. They founded Youtube!

Sergey Brin

The co-founder of Google emigrated from the Soviet Nation in 1979 to escape religious prosecution.

Padma Lakshmi

The author, model, actress, and Top Chef host was born in Chennai in 1970 and traveled to the United States with her mother in 1974.

Nikola Tesla

Mr. Tesla was born in modern-day Croatia and settled in the States  in 1884.

Joseph Pulitzer

This name might not ring a bell the first time you read it. Let me give you a hint. The award that Kendrick Lamar won a few days back? Yep, The Pulitzer prize is named after this great publisher and founder of the prize.




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