Mohammad, on the loss of his legs.
"I only wanted to be able to look people I was speaking to in the eye, rather than looking up at them". Mohammmad, 23 years old.
It was on graduation day that we met twenty three year old Mohammad for the first time.
Confident, enthusiastic and energized, he pitched his project in front of his classmates, his trainers and a panel of judges and had moved on to the incubation phase of our programme.
When we sat with him though, it was very clear that life hadn't been easy on him. Mohammad was just twelve years old during the 2006 war in Lebanon, when a landmine went off near him, causing the loss of both of his legs as well as and many other injuries and third degree burns.
After months of rehabilitation and treatment, his burns healed up but he found himself in a wheelchair, a fact he could not comprehend.
To make matters worse, he was ridiculed, bullied and rejected because of his injuries and his inability to walk. And so started Mohammad's battle with depression, substance abuse and getting up to all sorts of trouble.
When asked about the tipping point which made him want to turn his life around, Mohammad immediately thinks of his family, their support and unconditional love.
Years later, Mohammad started working out, doing upper body weight training, taking self-defense classes and hand cycling. To take some financial pressure off his family, as well as feel productive, he started taking odd jobs in the Rashidiya refugee camp where he lives.
For eight years, he worked as an orange picker scaling up trees using his hands only. He also used his free time to collect cans and plastic waste from the camp, resell them and save the money.
Eventually, Mohammad got lucky, a non-profit sponsored a trip to Germany for him, and the cost of prosthetics so that he may walk again.
Today, Mohammad carries hints of pain around with him but is mostly happy to be able to move around, and excited to launch the project he applied for with The Nawaya Network innovation and entrepreneurship programme.
Mohammad and six other youth, who have gone through difficult trials will be sharing their stories at the Nawaya Talks, a heartwarming event which focused on shedding light on youth in Lebanon, their challenges, dreams and successes.
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Nawaya Talks: The Untold Stories of Youth in Leban