More Revelations Emerge On Super Hero French Spiderman

By Ikenga Chronicles May 31, 2018

More Revelations Emerge On Super Hero French Spiderman

Emerging report indicates that Mamoudou Gassama is a real-life superhero.

The 22-year-old Paris man scaled a four-story building to pluck a child dangling precariously over a sidewalk in the 18th Arrondissement, earning him the nickname “Spider-Man of the 18th.”

For his heroism, he was rewarded with legal status in France.

That’s more than deserved for Gassama, and as anti-immigrant sentiment continues to fester in Europe and the United States, it’s certainly gratifying to see an African migrant as the protagonist of an urban superhero story.

Indeed, as the BBC points out, rewarding heroism like Gassama’s is in fact written into France’s civil code: “Article 21-19 says that a fast-track naturalization procedure is possible for a foreign national who has ‘performed exceptional services for France, or whose naturalization would be of exceptional interest for France’.”

This latest climb was not Gassama’s first time defying death. According to Gassama, he travelled to Libya and then across the Mediterranean Sea, landing in Italy in 2014. He came to France last year to join his brother. To get there from Mali, he would likely have travelled the perilous migrant route through Burkina Faso, into Niger, and across the desert to Libya (he said he spent a difficult year in Libya, where he was arrested and beaten).

That he was living in Paris likely indicates he had some strokes of good luck other migrants didn’t. He did not meet his end in a Sahel desert after a truck breakdown; he was not left to die, as migrants sometimes are when they fall from an over-filled truck bed. He is not now trapped in a Libyan prison, some of them funded partly by the European Union, which have turned into slave trading markets, rife with violence and abuse.

Nor was he returned to his home country with nothing to show after having paid smugglers what is for most people across Africa an enormous sum, often borrowed from a family with the expectation that a young man who makes it to Europe can help a family back home, and even pull the family out of poverty.