'Operation Hope' for maimed boy
December 6th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

From horror to hope: A boy's remarkable recovery from brutal attack

Now you can watch the whole of "Operation Hope", the documentary charting the amazing story of Okkhoy and the strangers who worked to help him change his life. See the video in three parts here

(CNN) - "You cannot die! You cannot die!" the father mumbles to the bloodied, mutilated boy who lies unconscious on his lap.

His hands press down on the boy's slashed-open stomach to keep the insides from spilling out. He sobs convulsively. "Listen to me! You cannot die!" he repeats his morbid mantra. "If for nothing else, to exact justice."

The two are on a rickshaw headed to a hospital in Dhaka. It's not the most effective way to transport a dying child through the cramped, congested streets of the Bangladeshi capital. But it's all that the impoverished father can afford. Hours earlier, four men had surrounded the 7-year-old boy, bound his hands and feet and cracked open his head with a brick. They held him down and took a switchblade to his throat. They sliced his chest and belly in an upside down cross. And in a final brutal act, they hacked him sideways, chopping off his penis and his right testicle.

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"It's amazing that he lived," a doctor would later say. "I'm really surprised he didn't bleed to death prior to getting to the hospital."

This is the story of a boy who not only survived, but is now the key witness in a trial that has forced Bangladesh to confront the cruel but overlooked practice of forced begging. It is also the story of strangers, half a world away, who set out to show the boy that good exists in equal measure as evil - and who set off a chain reaction of kindness to make him whole again.


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    Mercy says no to dead upon the boy, that is God in action to make him live. And the boy's father knows the right thing by saying positive word into the boy's life that he will not die and it came to pass. The lesson we should learn here is that there is power in our tongues. And we should always speaking positive words to get positive results.

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  2. Anne Cohn

    I just watched the very moving story of the brutal violence used against this amazingly resilient child. How he survived is surely a miracle and the strangers who came to his aid is testimony to the best of humanity. What shocked me, however, was the end line to the story in which it stated that the sadistic offenders, who although arrested and charged, are now free on bail! What was the Bangladesh government thinking ? Is this the norm in the country when it comes to dealing with dangerous, violent criminals? Will the child and his family continue to live in fear of further violent acts?

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    I am really curious to know, if this little boy is finally able to go to school? I'm not able to find any information on this.

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    This is one of my favourite programme on CNN.please,keep it up the world is watching.

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    This is indeed a death blow to humanity... How can a society tolerate such a heinous crime committed upon a young boy? In this case there is no upsurge or rallies done by public because he belongs to a poor community and people are treated like Hell there... The miscreants should be brought to justice right away and should publicly be tortured and killed.. They do not deserve to live after committing this crime..

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