Muscat, (Business News Report)|| Unlike his other siblings, Hamed Mustafa, four years old, survived the shell that exploded near his home. He lost three siblings and his right lower limb a year ago in the city of Taiz as a result of the war in Yemen.
Hamed did not forget what happened when the shell hit outside his home, the scene of the scattered body parts, the horror and panic, and all these hunting details. He recalls these memories as if they were only yesterday.
His brother Mahmoud was six years old; Hamid was five; and their older sister, Laila, was nine. They all were killed in blink of an eye, but Hamed survived to live with the burden of a disability, an amputated limb, and pain accompanying him to the rest of his life.
At least 10,000 children have been killed or injured in Yemen in violence linked to years of war in the impoverished country, according to the United Nations children’s agency.
“The Yemen conflict has just hit another shameful milestone: 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015. That’s the equivalent of four children every day,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder told a UN briefing in Geneva, where he urged an end to the fighting.
Very smart and intelligent for someone his age, Hamed speaks as if he were ten years older. Yet, he sometimes cries in a sudden manner and never stops until his father comes to reassure him, as if he relives his tragedy all the time.
At the Arabic Center for Prosthetics in Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman, which has become as a kindergarten for Hamed, he plays more than he trains, adding a smile to faces of the other wounded and the medical staff at the center.
Each morning Hamed arrives from his accommodation at the center to be greeted by everyone with a smile, a toy, or a candy from Zakaria, his prosthetic specialist. Everyone becomes busy playing with and talking to Hamed. The sound of laughter can finally be heard at the center.
After two weeks of training, Hamed could walk on his prosthetic limb and play with his favorite toys. This is the humanitarian mission for which Sheikh Hammoud Saeed Al-Mikhlafi established the Arabic Center for Prosthetics with the support and facilities of the sisterly Sultanate of Oman.