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Waleed Alnawfleh - Jordan

Waleed Alnawfleh is a 35 year old landmine survivor. While serving in the Jordanian Army in 1991, he stepped on a mine that resulted in the amputation of his foot. Alanwfleh’s prosthesis was extremely painful for him to walk on, and he soon sunk in to a deep depression.

Alnawfleh had a very hard time accepting his injury, and felt that his injury made him useless. He was required to medically retire from the Army, and could not find another job. He refused to see his parents and relatives. Finally, a friend came to visit him and told him about LSN.

According to Alnawfleh, being introduced to the LSN staff changed his life. LSN invited him to participate in a workshop in Saudi Arabia with other landmine survivors, which allowed Alnawfleh the chance to talk with survivors about their own recovery process. He also began volunteering at a local association in his town in Jordan, giving him the opportunity to get out of the house and interact with the local community. With the newfound confidence he gained through volunteering and meeting other landmine survivors, Alnawfleh began to look for a job.

Alnawfleh decided that he would like to open a small business raising chickens. He worked with the LSN Outreach Worker to develop a plan and LSN-Jordan provided him with the funds to start the business. Says Alnawfleh, “This project helped me get out of my house to interact with other people, and helps me pay for my daily needs. This is the reason that I was able to recover from my trauma.”

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