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Young orphan wins award and accolades

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For 13-year-old Master Mohammad Nurul Huda, it was a moment of great pride as the young orphan received accolades from thousands of citizens who came to see the Republic Day parade on 26 January at the historical Vijay Chowk. Nurul Huda was awarded National Bravery Award 2010 for saving two young children from drowning.

From the Prime Minister to the President and Vice President to the Defence Minister, all congratulated the young boy.

On 9 July 2009 at about 1:30 pm, Huda rescued two young children, John Mark and Varneilar Chiru, who had come under heavy water flow in Imphal River. The two children were 15/20 feet deep into the water when the 13-year-old Huda heard some voice while playing near the river bank. He looked around and saw the two kids drowning. He did not lose moment to go to ask for any senior person’s help but risked his own life. He jumped into the river to save the young children aged 7 and 8 respectively.

The incident was flashed in some local television same day and a report was published in the local newspaper Sangai Express next day.

On 29 January, Mohammad Umar Gautam, chairman of Islamic Da’wah Centre, Delhi, congratulated the boy at his office and wished him success in future. It’s our duty to help this young child achieve his goal. He is an asset to the nation, Gautam said.

Huda belongs to a poor family and has a sister, and a younger brother who is suffering from some deadly disease. But he is not disappointed. He wants to complete his studies and practice boxing.

With such a remarkable feat and humanitarian task at so tender an age that has won him high accolades from the mighty and the meek, we are sure Huda would prove to his words. Carry on the good work. We are proud of you, little champ!

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 17

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