Mohammad at 11 years old
Thanks to your support, the Marshall Legacy Institute's (MLI) Survivors' Assistance programs around the world continue to improve the lives of thousands of landmine survivors. Last year, one of the children MLI helped was a young boy named Mohammad who lost both of his arms and his eye in a landmine explosion when he was just 10 years old. Mohammad had been playing near his home in Yemen when he found an unexploded mine on the ground. Thinking it was a toy, he picked it up and ran back to share his exciting new find with his father. Unfortunately, just before he arrived at his house, the landmine exploded, drastically changing this child's life forever.
MLI's President, Perry Baltimore, met Mohammad when he was visiting Yemen on a program assessment visit and was struck by this young man's positive spirit, despite his lost limbs and eyesight. Last October, MLI honored Mohammad at our annual Clearing the Path Gala with the Survivors' Assistance award. With the assistance of generous donors, Mohammad was able to not only fly to the U.S. to receive the award, but remained in America so that he could be fitted with functional prosthetic limbs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The bulky prosthetic arms/hands were very heavy for him at first, but he was determined to get stronger so that he would be able to use them effectively. Over the past six months, Mohammad has been working diligently and is doing extremely well with his new arms/hands, which enable him to do many things that he could not do before. He is now at the top of his 7th grade class and, just last week, sent the email below to MLI's President to share his great progress.
"Dear Mr. Perry,
I am writing this email to you by myself using my prosthetics hands and Mr. Alawi is helping me in translation.
I just finished my exam today after hard homework and I am sure that I will get succeed.
Regarding my prosthetics hands, I am using them every day and when I feel tiredness, I started to remember all your efforts for me to get the prosthetics then I wear them and day by day I started feeling comfortable.
Thank you very much and thanks for all people assisted me to get prosthetics hands.
Please see the attached picture of me taking by Mr. Alawi during writing this letter.
My best regards to all MLI staff.
MLI is so grateful to supporters like you who have enabled us to help the many men, women, and children, like Mohammad, who have been injured by landmines. Thank you for your support!
Mohammad in the US, learning to use his new limbs
June 2013 - Mohammad typing with prostheses
June 2013 - Mohammad in Yemen