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Saturday, November 15, 2014, Agrahayan 1, 1421, Muharram 21, 1436 Hijr

A great example of honesty by an Irish-American woman!
Syed Zahirul Abedin
Publish Date : 2014-11-15,  Publish Time : 23:42,  View Count : 0
A Bangladesh born American citizen has expressed her profound gratitude to an Irish-American woman for her honesty and sincerity.

Ambia Begum had left her bag containing legal documents to stay in the United States permanently along with some cash in a train compartment in New York when she was returning home at about 5pm (local time) on November 10 last. When Ambia found that she had lost the bag, she instantly went to the designated places and informed the police about it. She also contacted with different loss homes in four cities around New York. But, all her efforts went in vain. None could say anything about her lost bag.

Later, Ambia narrated the incident to her friends and they suggested her to abandon the hope of getting the bag. "But, how could I forget about losing the bag where I had everything--necessary cash, salary cheque, legal permit to stay in the United States after a long time and my identity card," she said.

When Ambia was going through a deep mental agony, one of her friends--Anup Kumar--assured her of getting back the bag.

"Apa (sister), don't worry! You'll certainly get your bag back if any American finds it. Please, don't be anxious, take food and get some sleep. You'll get your bag back," said Anup. 

Subsequently, the assurance turned into a reality.

"With the pain of losing all my belongings, I passed almost three sleepless nights. I lost the interest of having food, or paying attention to work at office and home. I was passing every moment through deep anguish and anxiety," she said.
It was about 2pm (local time) on November 12. Ambia received dozens of calls to her mobile phone from an unidentified number. "But, I had not enough mental ability to receive the call."

At last, someone from her office--Digital One--phoned her and requested to pick up the phone as a caller was looking for her.

After some time, an unidentified caller told me, "Hello! Are you Begum?" Ambia replied, "Right."

In reply, the caller said she got Ambia's lost bag along with some cash and legal documents to live in the United States. "I want to give you all these back. Tell, where you are? If necessary I'll go there."

Talking to the unknown caller, Ambia learnt that her name was Mrs Charlie Kahn, an Irish-American, who lives with her family at Bronze City in New York. Charlie Khan had been desperately looking for Ambia for three days.

"Finally, I rushed to the train station according to the advice of Charlie Kahn over phone. I saw an elderly woman standing on the station. She uses stick to walk. She arrived at the train station where I had left the bag and got down from the train. I reached the station with great tension. But, how would we know each other? After coming down from the train, I saw an over 60-year-old woman was waiting with my bag on her shoulder. With somewhat fear in mind, I just touched the bag and suddenly, she recognised me that I was that Begum."

Later, Ambia took Charlie Kahn to a nearby McDonald's shop. Charlie Kahn narrated how she got the bag, looked for Ambia and went different places to find her out over the last three days.

"Hearing it, my mind filled up with profound love and respect to Charlie Khan. Thank you, my friend. May you live long!"


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