posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 06:09 PM
I wrote a short post on Rick Rescorla's heroism on 9/11 and it got me to thinking about the hero's we don't recognize. We all see and hear about
the military who take down bad guys, but we never think about people who go above and beyond their call to help others. Yes some are military, but
many are just regular people going about their lives.
Here are a couple to start the list, please add your own hero's to the list.
Aki Ra: Cambodian Mine Clearing
A guy who goes out into the jungle and disarms landmines with a pocketknife and a really sharp stick.
Having laid thousands of landmines as a soldier and working for the UN to remove them he discovered he was quite adept at clearing landmines
and UXOs, and decided to make it his trade.
Having no demining tools, he used a knife, a Leatherman, and a stick. He would defuse the landmines and UXOs he found in small villages and bring home
the empty casings. Sometimes he would sell them as scrap to help fund his work.
Paul Rusesabagina: Hotel Manager, managed to overcome the odds and save the lives of over a thousand people. Paul Rusesabagina's efforts were the
basis of the film Hotel Rwanda.
On April 6, 1994, a 100-day run of terror and genocide took over the already divided nation of Rwanda. The two ethnic groups of Rwanda—the
Hutus and the Tutsis—had long been at odds with one another, and despite some help from the United Nation to control the fighting, the Hutu
extremists continued their battles with the Tutsis. When the United Nations’ peacekeepers began to be among those attacked, they withdrew most of
their troops, leaving the battles to rage on. Soon the Tutsis had very few outsiders to help them survive; however one Rwandan—half Tutsi and half
Hutu—stepped in. Paul Rusesabagina, the acting manager for the luxurious Hotel des Milles Collines, took in more than 1200 refugees into the hotel
in effort to save them from the massacre. At the end of the 100 days, nearly a million people were murdered, most with machetes, but the refuges under
Paul’s protection were unharmed.