March 22: Ahmad Dawabsheh visits Duma for the first time since July


Five year-old Ahmad Dawabsheh on Tuesday returned to the village of Duma for the first time since extremist Israeli settlers carried out an arson attack that killed his parents and his younger brother in July 2015.

Ahmad is the only member of the Dawabsheh family who survived the Israeli terrorist arson attack on his home in Duma near Nablus, northern West Bank, which killed his 11-month-old brother, Ali, and both his parents, July last year.

Ahmad sustained third level burns on 60-90% of his body. From August 2015 until March this year he remained in the hospital threating his burns.

He is still receiving medical treatment for the burns. Medical sources said Ahmad would undergo plastic surgery on his right hand and left leg in coming months, but his burns could necessitate further procedures.

Last week he went to Spain with his family where they were hosted by the Real Madrid football club and fulfiled his dream to meet the international football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, after a photo of him wearing the football club’s uniform in his hospital bed went viral on social media.

According to his uncle, who together with Ahmad’s grandfather is caring for him, Ahmad is still not completely aware of his family’s death, although he knows “they are in heaven” without fully understanding its meaning.

Ahmad received a warm welcome from his family, friends and neighbours in his village yesterday. Shortly before, he meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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Photo by: Osama Falah
Photo by: Osama Falah
Photo by: Osama Falah
Photo by: Osama Falah