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Ma'moon Abu Hudaib - Jordan

Ma'moon Abu Hudaib was walking on his family farm in July of 1994 when he stepped on a landmine and lost his left leg below the knee. He was 20 years old. After his accident, Ma'moon's family was very supportive and encouraged him to go back to work. Ma'moon was unable to return to his previous job working in a car maintenance workshop due to his injury. He then applied for a job as a factory worker but was denied employment due to his amputation. His argument that he had the same capabilities as an able-bodied person fell on deaf ears.

Ma'moon first came into contact with LSN in 1997. He read about an LSN-sponsored regional conference on Victim Assistance in the local newspaper. Ma'moon decided to attend the conference to meet other landmine survivors and people with disabilities. In 1999, when LSN established a swimming team for survivors in Jordan, Ma'moon chose to participate. Swimming had been his favorite hobby before his accident and he was eager to get back in the water. He relearned how to swim and has become a role model to other survivors who are hesitant or afraid of returning to the things they loved to do before their injuries.

Ma'moon is now an LSN staff employee, assisting other landmine survivors and people with disabilities get the medical help they need and find jobs so they can take care of their families. When asked what it is like being an LSN employee, Ma'moon replies: “I feel very happy. I provide to other survivors the support that I did not get when I was first injured.” Ma'moon spends his days helping other survivors escape from their sometimes desperate isolation and become part of their communities again. Ma'moon's girlfriend at the time of his accident later became his wife. They now have two children.

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