10 Amazing Courageous People In History
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
When researching this list, I wanted to find stories that convey the inherent altruistic nature we're all capable of, but don't often hear about. Those unsung heroes that risked everything for a greater good and, for a moment, transcended their own immortality to make the right decision where most others would have hesitated.
Some heroes affect one life, while others can change the course of history. Today we'll be looking at 10 courageous people in history and their amazing acts of heroism.
Alia Muhammad Baker saves one of the largest collections of books in Iraq
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the city of Basra came under siege. Constantly bombarded by Australian, American and British forces, nothing in the city was safe, including the historical artifacts. The Al Basrah Central Library held some of the most important texts in the Middle East, but with anti-aircraft guns on top, was also a prime target.
Head librarian Alia Muhammad Baker braved the fire and, recruiting whoever she could find, managed to rescue 70% of the books before the library was consumed by a fire, including irreplaceable centuries-old manuscripts. Braving a war zone, and acting directly against the governor of Basra who had denied permission to move books, Baker saved integral parts of Iraq’s culture.
Didar Hossain saves 34 people in Rana Plaza collapse
One of the worst building collapses in recent times, the Rana Plaza disaster claimed the lives of hundreds of workers. When the building fell, Didar Hossain was at work in a garment factory across from the plaza, and like many others, his first sense was to try and help. Pushing past a security guard trying to keep his fellow workers inside, Didar worked his way through unstable wreckage as one of the first people on the scene. Untrained at rescue or surgery, Didar nonetheless dragged out dead bodies as well as survivors, performing amputations to free trapped workers. By the end of the day, he managed to free 34 workers, many of whom would have been further injured or killed before trained rescuers would have made it to them.