I saw this and had to pass it on. This is what spreading our good stuff (Boy Scouts in this case) around the world is all about.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The president of the Maldives was saved from assassination Tuesday when a boy scout grabbed the knife of an attacker who had jumped out of a crowd greeting the leader, an official said.
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was not hurt, but his shirt was ripped when the attacker tried to stab him before the boy and security guards intervened during the event on the small island of Horafushi, said government spokesman Mohammad Shareef.
â€œThis fellow in the crowd with a knife in his hand attempted to stab the president in his stomach,â€ Shareef said by telephone from Male, the capital. â€œBut a 15-year-old boy came in the way, and grabbed the knife. One brave boy saved the presidentâ€™s life.â€
The scout was identified as Mohamed Jaisham Ibrahim, who had lined up to welcome Gayoom, according to the presidentâ€™s Web site.
The boy was injured in the hand by the knife. â€œHis wound was stitched but later he complained that he could not move some of his fingers, so he was flown by a sea plane to Male,â€ Shareef said.
â€œThere was blood on the presidentâ€™s shirt, but it was not his but the boyâ€™s. Still we got a physician to examine him,â€ Shareef said.
A photograph of the boy on the Web site of the Haveeru daily showed him wearing a blue scouting uniform with a blue kerchief around his neck waiting in line to greet the president.
Boy scouts in the Maldives are similar to their U.S. counterparts, receiving training in first aid and participating in activities such as camping. Like in the U.S., their motto is â€œBe prepared.â€