View Full Version : Bangladeshi immigrant hailed a hero

May 19, 2015, 05:41 AM

A homeless illegal immigrant who leapt into the River Tiber in Rome (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/) to rescue a woman who was drowning has been rewarded with a year's permit to remain in the city.

Sobuj Khalifa, a Muslim Bangladeshi, did not hesitate to rescue the 55-year-old woman, who turned out to be an Israeli Jew living in Rome.

She had jumped into the river in an apparent suicide bid.Mr Khalifa, 32, leapt in after her and managed to rescue her."I saw a body in the water and at first I thought it was a big fish but then I saw it was a person. I ran along the banks as she was being carried along by the current.

"People were watching from a bridge and I yelled, telling them to call for help. Then I dived into the river without even taking off my shoes. I wasn't afraid."

He managed to pull the woman, who was still conscious, to safety.

<sub>http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03304/bangladesh-DEEP_3304291b.jpg The Rome authorities granted Sobuj Khalifa a one-year residence permit (Questura di Roma) </sub>
Mr Khalifa has been living rough on the streets of Rome since 2008, eking out a living selling roses to diners in restaurants and umbrellas to pedestrians when it rains.
He was initially granted a permit to live in the city, but it expired long ago and he was living in Italy illegally.

He told police that he earned just 50 euros a week and that he sent some of the money back to his mother in Bangladesh, who is seriously ill.

The Rome authorities were so impressed with his heroism that they granted him a one-year residence permit which will enable him to continue to live in the city legally.
He even received a phone call of congratulations from Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome.

"I was very moved, I've never felt so happy," he told the Italian press.
"I learned to swim back in my home country. We have the sea but we also have floods all year round. If you don't swim, you die."

Despite being lauded, he has now gone back to living rough along the banks of the Tevere.

Along with other homeless people, he sleeps near the entrance of the Cloaca Massima, an ancient Roman drain that still disgorges water into the Tiber.
It is just a few hundred yards from where the rescue took place.

May 19, 2015, 05:59 AM
video footage of the rescue. hats of to mr khalifa


May 19, 2015, 07:42 AM
Shabash Bangali! Real life hero!

He didn't care about his illegal status and just wanted to save a life at any cost! Respect!!

May 19, 2015, 08:13 AM
Good job. Hopefully it will be a turning point in his life from here

May 19, 2015, 11:42 AM
Real life hero. :up::flag:

May 19, 2015, 04:35 PM
A person with a good soul - my prayers are with him.

Hats off to you Mr. Sobuj Khalifa :notworthy:

May 19, 2015, 09:42 PM
He saved the Humanity

May 20, 2015, 05:30 PM
a hero in need is a hero indeed. :up::flag:

May 21, 2015, 04:02 AM
After doing such an epic attempt, he also came out with a great statement
“I am not a hero, God wants us to help everybody.”


He has been rewarded with a legal permit now. But he still stays homeless.

May 24, 2015, 05:09 AM
I don't know Italian, but I loved the way he was describing the incident, looked like a mixture of lots of language, but he actually clarified half the sense by his body language :lol:

May 24, 2015, 08:28 AM
Just a one year permit to live in the city, a call from the major but no financial reward or offer of assistance to find him a job? I hope he would be rewarded well in next life. I am sad to see that he had to go back to his humble lifestyle. May he be blessed with good fortune, may his mother recover from whatever she is suffering from and may he be rewarded in this life too.