Reference : V-P-LB-E-01110
Date : 27/11/2008
Country/Region : LEBANON
Caption : Tyre, Rashidiyeh Palestinian camp. A teenager, who was badly injured at the age of 12 by a cluster bomblet, lives in the camp with his family.
Photographer : PAGETTI, Franco
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : ICRC/VII
Description : Muhammad was not quite 12 when he lost both his legs just three days before the 2006 war ended. He was riding on a motorbike with his father to bring food to people stranded in a nearby village. It hit a cluster bomblet. The child was badly burned all over his body and his legs had to be amputated. As he grows, he will need new prostheses every year. He is in the care of an ICRC-assisted limb-fitting and rehabilitation centre. Muhammad wants to study but has been at home since getting out of hospital. The local school says he is too old to resume his schooling, and that it has no toilets for disabled. Muhammad's family are poor Palestinian refugees who rely on the money brought home by Muhammad's mother, who works as a cleaner. His father has been unable to work since the accident.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3333x5000
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour