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Abou A Boy

by on May.09, 2015, under Crime, Family, Parenting

There are no secrets when you take a commercial flight. tsa_scannerNothing is left to the imagination. tsa02 You can see what everybody is packing. tsa01 Whether it's personal or checked baggage. baggagehandler The detail is there for everyone to see.
Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

So don't pack anything you wouldn't want to be caught with in public. airport_scan01 When this is a typical example of what the airport security agent sees all day tsa-05 Then something like this is bound to stand out. tsa_xray_dog Pets are not allowed as carry-on and this one was spotted right away. But people continue to try to get away with it anyway. suitcase_kid01
An 8-year-old African boy named Abou was discovered stuffed in a small suitcase in what Spanish police called a “terrible state” after a failed attempt to rejoin his father.
He had been smuggled into Spanish territory in the north African enclave of Ceuta, north of Morocco, when he was discovered on Thursday at a land border crossing by the Spanish Guardia Civil police. suitcase_boy02
The Guardia Civil released photos on Friday of the gaunt child from the Ivory Coast, curled in a fetal position inside the luggage.
“When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case,” a border officer told AFP news agency. suitcase_boy03
He was smuggled there in the suitcase with wheels by a 19-year-old Moroccan woman, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil told AFP.
The boy, whose eyes were apparently heavily pixellated from the ordeal, has been placed with lost luggage.
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Leo’s Headshot

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Crime, Health, Kids, Weapons

Leo Bernal's father heard the unlocked door open, and thought it was his 20-year-old son returning home. 8-year-old Leo had just gone to bed. A stranger wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered the Culver City, CA house, exchanged a few words with the father. leo4 The man opened fire, and some rounds penetrated the wall to the bedroom where Leo was lying in bed. Leo's dad ran into the bedroom to shield the boy as the gunman followed and continued to fire a total of 14 rounds. leo1 Leo was hit in the head . The boy's 17-year-old brother in the same bedroom was uninjured. leo2 Leo's skull had to be opened up to remove the bullet, and 23 staples in addition to 27 stitches were needed to close the wound. "My head kinda hurts right now, but I'm OK with it," the boy said as he sat on a bench outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. leo3 Leo's mother said that Leo is afraid to go home. "He's horrified." A motive for the attack is still not known, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the cost of surgery.
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At the End of His Rope

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Crime, Culture, Education, Family, Kids, Weapons

Ten year old Tang Chu, who lives in Ghizhou, China was trying to watch his favorite cartoons when he became annoyed by a noise from outside. Tang_Chu_apt Workman Liu Mai was using his electric drill to install new lights outside the 8th floor apartment. While most ten year olds would probably be driven by curiosity, Tang Chu just wanted to stop the noise. He grabbed a knife from the kitchen, and cut the workman's safety rope. That left him dangling 100 feet up by a single rope. His workmate Zhang Pan heard his screams, and called firemen, who were able to winch Liu Mai to safety on the 11th floor. liumai2 Tang Chu said that the builders were too loud and it was distracting him as he tried to watch his favorite cartoons. He has since apologized for his actions. Father Tang Peng said, "He just didn't think. We have apologized and bought the man a new rope." liumai3 "We also gave him a good talking too and explained what he did was very dangerous. "He has promised he will not do something similar again. I think we may also need to take him for some anger management therapy." Just make sure the therapist keeps his voice down.
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Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Crime, Education, Media, Weapons

Even though they report on crimes involving guns, most journalists don't know anything about firearms. gun_safety_kid So they've come up with a pictorial guide to help describe the guns they're talking about. journalist_firearm_id Below: A kid holding an AK-47 Assault Rifle handmade_gun
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The Bell Ringer

by on Jul.22, 2014, under Crime, Culture, Health, History, Religion

Sergey Bogdanov, 28, was on vacation from Russia, spending time in the village of Mandrem. He visited a local temple to take pictures. sergey1

He told Russian media by telephone, "It seemed really peaceful here and the locals are friendly, all that changed when I went to a local temple to take a few pictures and I saw a bell which I rang."

mandrem He wasn't aware that the bell was sacred, and is only rung for Puja, which entails showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. temple_bell For this act, Sergey Bogdanov, from the Russian seaport city of Kaliningrad, said he was badly beaten by a mob after ringing the bell and was even refused help by doctors.

"Before I knew it there was a mob rushing up to the temple and I was dragged out onto the streets and kicked and beaten with sticks."

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‘Some monks dragged me away from the mob but they then didn’t help me at all, and I had to make my own way to the local medical centre where the doctors had heard about my apparently sacrilegious act – and they also refused to help me other than giving me a few bandages."

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“My wallet and my money had vanished and I had no alternative but to go back to my accommodation in agony. I managed to get a telephone message to my mother who flew over immediately but I need paperwork and money to fly back with her. My poor mother almost had a heart attack when she saw me, she is doing her best to look after me but I need proper medical attention that I can only get it seems in Russia.” Mr Bogdanov has appealed to Putin to help him get the paperwork and a ticket back home via the Russian Embassy in Mumbai.
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