Story: Abdelrahman Nofal (Abood) of Gaza, lost his left leg to an Israeli soldier�s bullet. He received a prosthesis in the USA. During his time in the United States, Abood formed close bonds with his hosts, and became fully capable with his prosthesis. �The best thing about him coming here was that he learned how to be a kid,� Khalid Bahhur, a host of Abood�s said. �He came here as an adult.� Image: Abood holds the base of his left leg where it was amputated as Hanadi Mujahed, his teacher who he grew close too, watches. Abood�s leg was sore from spending the afternoon walking.
Abood does pushups on his crutches in the Mousa’s family room.
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.
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.
The Mujahed brothers pick up Abood, carrying him in response to his complaints about walking, as Abood pretends to celebrate a soccer goal.
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 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.