The attention of the world has for the most part of the past two weeks been gripped by the sacrifices risks and patriotism displayed by not just Thai nationals

The attention of the world has for the most part of the past two weeks been gripped by the sacrifices risks and patriotism displayed by not just Thai nationals, but professional divers from other parts of the world flew down to Thailand to assist in finding the boys and rescuing them. In fact, it took the efforts of two British cave divers to find the actual location of the boys after nine days of intense scouring across the length and breadth of the flooded cave.
On June 20th, twelve boys aged between 11 and 16 years with their coach who is 25 years old went into the cave, apparently to celebrate the birthday of one of them. At the time they went in, the cave posed no threats to them, and they held high hopes of returning to their families the same day, but they were caught up in the cave as heavy rainfall meant that the cave got flooded and dangerous. They took refuge in a ledge some four kilometers from the mouth of the cave. Without food and any clean water for more than nine days, the boys hung in this ledge while more than 1000 volunteers, including professional divers, soldiers and medical doctors got involved in efforts to, first, know where they were, and secondly to bring them up alive to their families. There are 90 professional divers involved in the rescue operation, 40 of them from Thailand while the other 50 are from overseas.
Thai authorities spared nothing in ensuring the safety of these boys. Volunteers came from Thailand and from every part of the world to assist. One Thai Navy medical doctor and a nurse volunteered to stay with the boys inside the cave till a means is found to bring them out. It was originally suggested that the boys may have to stay there till around October, when the flood would have receded to make their rescue easier, and these volunteers offered to continue with them till then.
According to a report in BBC, the journey to bring each boy to the ground will take nothing less than 11 hours- six hours to get into the cave and five hours to come out to the ground. This 11 hours trip to safety will have to be made in total darkness - walking, climbing and sometimes, swimming.
Food and medication were regularly supplied to the boys to keep them fit, mentally and physically. A volunteer lost his life in one such operation to supply the boys with energy. Saman Gunan who is a highly trained diver lost his life after he had supplied the boys with air tanks, but ran short of supply of air on his own, while returning to the ground. Gunan was retired, but had to come off retirement to help in the rescue efforts for these innocent boys. Gunan's comrades have vowed never to allow his sacrifice go to waste.
The good news however is that the sacrifices of the over 1000 men and women who volunteered their time, their skills and even their personal resources is paying off earlier than thought. Four of the twelve boys are already rescued and receiving treatment in a local hospital and local authorities are hopeful that the remaining boys will be rescued by tomorrow.
Among other things, this gripping incident has revealed a wind side of Thai culture- hospitality, sacrifice and kindred love. Otherwise, many people saw Thailand as that country that hangs drug traffickers without mercy and many others knew the country for its rice and for others, as that politically unstable country that goes from one coup de tat to imprisoning its President, even though she is hugely popular among the ordinary people. This is a big lesson for Africans particularly Nigeria leaders  

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