Peter proves to be saintly

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A KIND-HEARTED tissue seller returned a briefcase containing thousands of euros.

There are no bad guys in this Christmas story and the protagonist’s name is Peter Angelina, though the people living in El Tardon in Sevilla prefer to call him Pedro.

Pedro, 35, was born in Lagos in Nigeria and sells tissues at the corner of Calle Juan Diaz de Solis and Ruben Dario.

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At first glance, there is nothing that sets him apart from the thousands of Nigerians selling cheap items on Spanish streets. That is exactly what he was doing early last week when he saw a briefcase falling from the roof of a car. He picked it up and ran after the vehicle trying to give it back to the driver, but to no avail.

Pedro got scared and looked around trying to find witnesses who would back up his version of what happened. There were none. He then gave the briefcase to a couple of National Police officers that happened to drive by and went about his business.

Twenty minutes later, the officers drove back to where he was saying they had found the briefcase’s owner, which contained more money than he has ever seen since he arrived in Spain 15 years ago: €3,500 in cash and six cheques for €13,000, a mobile phone and several important documents.

But that is not all. It turns out Pedro is a doctor, but cannot practice medicine in Spain because his diploma from Lagos University cannot be recognised here. So he started studying medicine in Sevilla five years ago and selling tissues to afford his studies. He also gets a little financial help from Nigeria, where his father works as chief of police.

And there is more. After arriving in Sevilla from London, where he lived for two years, Pedro started to teach English at a local school and worked on several TV shows of Andalucian comedians Los Morancos.

Pedro is a very religious man, but says it is not him that is good but God. For the last nine years he has helped the priests at San Joaquin parish to celebrate mass.


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