Mohamed was born on August 13, 1998 in Akroum in North Lebanon, where he spent most holidays with his family enjoying the refreshing climate and stunning nature. He was an ambitious young man who had dreams he wanted to come true, however, he was awoken by a bitter reality that changed his life from a simple person trying hard to survive the economic crisis, to an injured person who is afraid to use his right hand which suffered from an injury as a result of the Beirut explosion.
Following the August 4 blast, Mohamed was confined to his home, and he refused to go out or live a normal life.
Mohamed worked as a driver for a private company, and he was taking a break in an underground coffee shop, after a long day at the job. He was sipping his coffee around 5:50 PM when he heard the piercing sound of a military airplane, warning that a disaster was about to happen. A few minutes later, he went up to see what happened, but a first explosion was heard, followed by a second explosion at 6:07 PM. Mohamed could not run, and a heavy iron door fell on his right hand. He thought it was an Israeli attack, and he tried to protect his face as he rushed through the street trying to find a hospital to treat his bleeding hand. He arrived at the French Hospital of the Levant and he was horrified by the scene; blood everywhere, children screaming, and dead bodies on the ground.
As he left the hospital, he knew his injury was minor compared to the horror he had witnessed. With the help of a friend, he bandaged his injured hand and underwent physical therapy sessions prescribed by a specialized doctor. However, he still suffers from pain in his right hand because he dismissed treatment due to the high costs he could not afford.
Today, Mohamed is afraid to use his right hand to perform daily tasks as it is painful for him to use it, and he is not ready, neither financially nor emotionally, for the burdens of medical care and treatment. What matters the most to him is to uncover the truth, and he does not seek the government’s support as it is incapable of providing the basic needs of its citizens.