Abood rests on Omar Mujahed’s shoulder during a piggy-back ride. Omar is a brother of Hanadi Mujahed, who was one of Abood’s teachers during his time in the United States. Abood would occasionally spend the day or even weekend with Hanadi and her brothers.
Abood tries to remember how to say “water-cooler” in English after his teacher, Hanadi Mujahed, asks. During some of his time in the United States, Abood attended school at the Yunus Emre Muslim Community Center, where he grew close to Hanadi.
At his twelfth birthday party, Abood pops a balloon. Members of the Kent State chapter of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, the organization that brought Abood to the United States to receive free treatment, threw the party. By the end of the night, Abood popped all the balloons in the room, laughing and making jokes each time.
Sitting on the ground after school, Abood and his friend Abdelrahman Abunaaj talk in Arabic as they wait for their families to arrive for afternoon prayer. During classes, Abood would often act up out of boredom, attempting to make other classmates like Abdelrahman laugh.
Abood reacts in embarrassment after Hanadi points out that a note he drew and proudly displayed contained a backwards “N”.
Clutching at his blanket as he watches “Little Rascals” with his host Yousef Mousa and Yousef’s sister, Sama, Abood mocks Donald Trump after seeing him appear on screen. On Abood’s hand is written “I (heart) Palestin”. Before he was able to move well on his prosthetic, he told Hanadi that all he wanted to do was go home and die for his country.” As time went on, he grew happier, and told her that was no longer his dream.
Abood does pushups on his crutches in the Mousa’s family room.
Abood pulls on Yousef’s arm as they leave prayer, trying to get his attention. The two shared a close relationship during Abood’s time in the United States, one Yousef compared to brotherhood.
After walking for nearly four hours at the Cleveland Zoo on his new prosthesis, an exhausted Abood sits and recovers.
The Mujahed brothers pick up Abood, carrying him in response to his complaints about walking, as Abood pretends to celebrate a soccer goal.
Yousef Mousa pulls Abood from the swimming pool. Abood did not want to leave, and had been refusing to get out of the water.
Noor Bahhur tearfully kisses Abood goodbye before her father drove him to the airport, telling him to stay in touch. For the last few weeks of his time in the United States, Abood lived with the Bahhur family, growing very close to Noor and her brother Omar. “I think he saw us as siblings,” Noor said. “For a boy who’s 11, who lost his leg, he never had a dull moment. I’ve never seen him without a smile — even though he’s thousands of miles away from his family.”
Abood climbs onto a fence, trying to see the dog barking on the other side.