Learning to walk again: Abd Al-Hadi, young ‘hero’ from Aleppo triumphs over his injuries

PWD rehabilitation Aleppo
Young 'hero' Abd Al Hadi learns to walk again thanks to a UNDP supported rehabilitation programme for people with disabilities in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photo: UNDP

Abd Al-Hadi, or ‘the hero’ as he likes to be called, is a 14 year old elementary school student from Aleppo, in northern Syria. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, Abd Al-Hadi and his family have been forced to flee their home several times, seeking safer places to live within Aleppo Governorate.

Devastatingly, Abd Al-Hadi’s house was hit by a mortar, leaving him severely injured. He suffered damage to his brain’s right lobe, resulting in partial paralysis of his lower limbs. He was also left unable to move his left fingers.

A hero's determination

  • Abd Al-Hadi was one of 280 people with disabilities who participated in from UNDP’s rehabilitation sessions in Aleppo Governorate.
  • “I am Abd Al-Hadi, the hero, and I will walk again!” he said with a big smile.

As part of UNDP’s integrated support to people with disabilities, Abd has been taking part in rehabilitation sessions for the past four months. In this time he gradually regained the ability to walk and uses his wheelchair less and less.

“It’s a miracle,” said his father. “I thank God that I am able to see my son walking again. Although he cannot walk for a long time and he still needs his wheelchair, he is getting better every day. I am very optimistic, and I hope that he will be able to abandon the wheelchair very soon.”

Abd Al-Hadi also received psychological support to help him process the trauma he has experienced, and to rebuild his self-confidence.

“I am Abd Al-Hadi, the hero, and I will walk again!” he said with a big smile.

Abd Al-Hadi was one of 280 people with disabilities who participated in from UNDP’s rehabilitation sessions in Aleppo Governorate.