Text message sent half a world away saves 15 lives

Text message sent half a world away saves 15 lives
Fifty-year old Liz Clegg received a text message on her phone in New York City from a seven-year old Afgan refugee named Ahmed. Using one of the phones that Clegg had handed out to kids in March at a migrant camp in Calais, France, Ahmed texted what appeared to be a cryptic message in poor English. "I ned halp darivar no stap car no oksijan in the car no signal iam in the cantenar. Iam no jokan valla."

Clegg quickly realized that the text was cry for help. She figured out that Ahmed was trying to say, "I need help. The driver won’t stop the car. No oxygen in the car. No signal. I’m in a container. I am not joking. I swear to God." So Clegg's next move was to place a call to Help Refugees, a charity based in London. Tanya Freedman answered the call, and after being alerted to the situation, she got the cops on the phone.

The police got Ahmed's number from Freedman (via the call from Clegg) and called him. Hearing enough to understand it was an emergency, the cops traced the boy's phone to a gas station in Leicestershire. There, they raided a truck and found Ahmed and 14 other migrants crammed inside, barely able to breathe.

One man was arrested and charged with illegal trafficking. Two others were busted for entering the country illegally. As for Ahmed, he was placed in protective custody. And while it was his quick thinking that saved his life, an assist has to go to Ms. Clegg, who hands out cellphones to children passing through her women’s and children’s hospital in Calais. This one cellphone ended up saving 15 young lives.


source: NYPost

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30 Comments

1. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Thank god for small mercies!

2. Konkit

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

If one of them use iPhone, the title will be different.. "... iPhone save 15 lives ..."

4. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

So, instead of saying something good (like a normal human being) you decided to talk smack about iPhones. It really shows the kind of person you are.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the event is already good enough, any comment he make is impossible make it worse and his comment kinda true

7. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

And thousands of members of the iCult will say "Hallelujah" to iGod :P

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

No mention of iPhones in the article yet the hate, bitterness and name-calling continues. Apple and people who use their products don't seem to be the problem here...

9. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Well, that's how it goes. This is the comment section after all where you are free to express and defend your opinion. Again, there will always be the retarded ones around

10. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

I agree. I pity those narrow-minded people suffering from bitterness. Ahaha!

21. aegislash

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

They aren't the problem. Every article, whether it be about Android, iOS, Windows Phone, whatever, I've noticed the ones who generally troll and start crap with people are Android users. Sure, there are a few people who stan for iOS and throw out trollish comments here and there, but in general, it tends to be Android users. And this is coming from someone who has used Android since the beginning. We are not that much better than the so called 'iSheep'.

25. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I admit I hang around mainly to troll the trollers, making me no better but I like to try to get them to rage because it seems so easy when they're so full of hate for Apple and people who use their products.

26. aegislash

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I just don't understand how someone can waste their precious time hating on a company and/or its' products so much. Talk about having a boring as hell life.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Refugees Welcome..... xd

6. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Huzzah for humanity.

11. saif2711

Posts: 98; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Humanity is the best religion of the world..full stop

13. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

It should be the only religion in this world

14. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Anti-religious comments in 3,2,......Too late.

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i bet its not a galaxy nor a iphone..

15. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

You guys are jumping into conclusions right away, PA might not have been informed of what specific brand the man was using to text Ms. Clegg that's why they never mentioned anything.. in other words, Find your f**king chill!

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You have to wonder how he got her number, did he just type a random number? if so...to a person that reacted to it, the amount of luck involved here...

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isnt it easier contact 911, his/her parents number or something? cause there are high chance that random stranger will think its a joke from a random person.. oh wait, is 911 can receive text message?

32. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

I've heard that 911 will answer text messages in many areas.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It was her that gave the phone to him, she's probably one of the contacts

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

ahhh, explains it, I misunderstood.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

She gave the boy the phone so I am sure she gave her number to him.

20. aimkul

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

No article passes without iphone mention

23. aegislash

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

What are you talking about? I re-read the article four times and nowhere in the article is iPhone mentioned.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think aimkul was talking about in the discussion part of the article someone brought up iphone.

29. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

good thing she didn't think it was a scam

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool story, could've ended up way worse.

31. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Faith restored in humanity.

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