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  2. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  3. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  4. Making ADR work for Women
  5. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  6. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  7. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  8. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  9. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  10. Come on Skipper !
  11. GUMM
  12. Annus Horibilis
  13. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  14. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  15. Method in the Madness
  16. Legal System Reforms
  17. Power Over Impulse
  18. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  19. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  20. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  21. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  22. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  23. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  24. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  25. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  26. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  27. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  28. NEWS PICKS
  29. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  30. Fitness with the Mughal
  31. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  32. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  33. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  34. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  35. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  36. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  37. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  38. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  39. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  40. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  41. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  42. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  43. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
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  45. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  46. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
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  49. Money for nothing, bits for free
  50. FinTech
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  56. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
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  58. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
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  60. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  61. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  62. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  63. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  64. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  65. Five major political events of 2017
  66. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  67. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  68. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  69. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  70. What we can learn from Ghalib
  71. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

Amid increasing intolerance towards migrants and refugees, the heroism of Mamoudou Gassama who scaled an apartment building in Paris to rescue a four-year-old boy hanging from a fourth floor balcony makes us ask why the stigmatisation of migrants is permitted.

For his exceptional bravery — the kind only seen in superhero movies  22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, an illegal immigrant from Mali, was awarded French citizenship by President Macron.

In an interview on French television he appeared reserved with his brother, a French citizen, speaking mainly for him. Desperate to reunite with his brother, he said he had crossed the Sahara desert, Burkina Faso, Niger and Libya to come to France. The affinity between the two brothers was apparent highlighting how loved ones are all too often wrenched apart by poverty and conflict. In spite of the odds weighing so heavily against them, millions risk their lives to flee their homeland in search of safety and family.

When he was praised for his courage during the interview, his brother graciously pointed out that the rescued child also deserved to be applauded. In spite of his reluctance to appear on television and his obvious discomfort with public attention, what shone through was his humility, integrity and the depth of his courage where saving the child’s life was almost a reflex act. In fact, he later said that he had acted without thinking. When asked what he wanted to do in France, he replied that he wanted to be a firefighter, serving his new community.

“The escalating antipathy towards migrants who have suffered extreme hardship has in no small measure been shaped by stereotypes, which routinely portray them as dangerous criminals, degenerates and opportunists”

He briefly spoke of how he was mistreated by traffickers in Libya. Instead of being hardened by a life of unimaginable adversity, he emerges as a man of exceptional  compassion  trapped in a heartless system of poverty and displacement, “I climbed …. Thank God I saved him,” was how he simply described what happened.

Like so many others, he had undertaken the perilous sea journey from Libya to Europe. He only briefly explained the terrible conditions on the boat. Just a few days ago, the growing obduracy towards migrants arriving by boat was illustrated when Italy turned away a ship with 600 migrants who had been stranded at sea.

The escalating antipathy towards migrants who have suffered extreme hardship has in no small measure been shaped by stereotypes, which routinely portray them as dangerous criminals, degenerates and opportunists seeking to spread chaos and usurp jobs. The story of Mamoudou’s.

superhuman feat caught media attention for a short while with the video clip going viral but was soon supplanted by more migrant horror stories. Perhaps this is because such stories do not fit neatly into the news agenda: reinforcing a reductive stereotype of migrants is a powerful political tool to deflect anxieties onto convenient scapegoats. This in turn legitimises the treatment to which they are subjected.

Mamoudou’s bravery is a stark reminder for society to ask who we value and why. As he so compellingly demonstrates, the best amongst us are often the forgotten, voiceless and despised. His beautiful country, Mali, is home to a great Sufi heritage and it is the Sufis who assert that the best people are often those the world does not know about, as this world is far too coarse to recognise their value.

By Mashaal Gauhar

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