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Rethinking Disability

Khalil Jadili, a boy injured in the bombing of his Palestinian home, became the first certified, double-amputee scuba diver in the Arab world, according to organizers’ research. A United Arab Emirates filmmaker also made the documentary “Gaza Diver” about Khalil’s diving experience, which aired on Arabic television channels.

Rama Chakaki, chief executive officer of Baraka Ventures, a Dubai firm that sponsors the scuba sessions taught by environmental education group Tawasul, says the activity helps rebuild self-esteem and self-confidence; “Khalil broke stereotypes that have to do with amputees and with disability in the Arab world” Ms. Chakaki says.

For more information: Khalil’s Story 

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BarakaBits Founder & Chief Optimist

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