Age and size have nothing to do with courage. Eight-year-old Mhonbeni Ezung testifies to that. Beneath the adorable exterior is indomitable courage which has made her the youngest of the 24 recipients of the bravery awards.
A resident of Nagaland, Mhonbeni was visiting her grandmother in the village of Chudi, during her winter vacations. On January 28, 2014, her grandmother, Renthunglo Jungi, 78, took her fishing to a nearby river. While fishing, in the middle of the river, her grandmother suffered a stroke and lost her consciousness.
Quick on her feet, Mhonbeni ran about 5 km through the dense forest, all by herself to get help to save her grandmother from drowning. Rushing to avail help, she was successful in saving her grandmother, who was rescued, and later referred to the primary health centre, where she received treatment and recovered. On being asked how she summoned such tremendous courage, Mhonbeni said it was the love and concern she had for her grandmother that gave her the strength to run back alone to fetch help.
Accompanied by her proud father, Mhonbeni received her award from the Prime Minister in New Delhi. She was conferred with a medal, a certificate and the cash reward.
The Don’t Give Up World Community lauds Mhonbeni Ezung for her quick thinking and bravery. If such are the hands our future rests in, we might not have much to worry about.