On Thursday, when fire fighters were struggling to douse the fire at FR Tower in Banani due to a scarcity of water, they often had to pause their efforts. One of the onlookers, a boy, noticed that a hose being used by the fire fighters was leaking, wasting water when each drop mattered.
The boy, Nayeem Islam, a 10-year-old from Korail slum, immediately collected a polythene bag, covered the leak and held it for around 20 minutes, applying all the strength he could muster.
In real world terms, his efforts may not have made a vast difference, but it magnificently demonstrated humanity. While many in the crowd that gathered on Kemal Ataturk Avenue were seen taking photos of the disaster, the 10-year-old made a sincere effort to help the fire fighters -- in a way he could.
His effort was lauded by many, and the photo of him holding the hose went viral on social media.
“I did it as I thought if I could stop the leak, fire fighters will be able to use more water and people will be saved,” said Nayeem, a class five student of Brac's Anondo School in Korail Slum.
He said he was home when he saw the fire on news and rushed to the spot. He wanted to help out in any way possible, the boy added.
Nayeem, whose family was affected by fire at Korail slum, said he could not do anything when their house was burning but this time he wanted to help the fire fighters.
He wants to be a government officer when he grows up.
Nayeem's hometown is Barishal. He has a sister named Kajol. His father Ruhul Amin is a coconut seller and mother Nazma Begum works as a domestic help.