Recently, Maqadim Abib found a nylon bag stuffed with $100,000 in cash lying next to a garbage bin. At the time, he was a Somali port labourer and the money, if he would have kept it, could have changed his life. But Maqadim did the right thing.
Instead of keeping the cash for himself, he found the owner and returned his money.
The owner of the cash went to a local mosque to ask if any of the worshippers had seen the money. Maqadim, coincidentally, was in the same mosque and handed the money to the owner, a local businessman.
“I first counted the money in a secured area of the port and to my shock; it was $100,000 in cash, in two bundles of $50,000 each,” he said.
“I earn $170 a month and greed would have gotten better of me but I kept the cash for five days before I found the owner.”
As they say no good deed goes unrewarded, the businessman gave the honest port labourer a $5,000-reward.
“As a token of appreciation, he gave men $5,000 of the cash which helped me in many ways because the most I’ve ever had in my account was $1, 000,” Maqadim added.