File - Ahmad is fitted for his new prosthetic, from Handicap International.
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Grimacing, Mustafa Ahmad slid the scarred stump just below his right knee into his new prosthetic leg.Syria's civil war, which entered its fourth year last month, has killed more than 150,000 people, but an often overlooked figure is the number of wounded: more than 500,000, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.It was shrapnel from a government airstrike in November 2011 on the town of Deir Hafer in Aleppo province that tore off part of Ahmad's leg.They now live at the edge of a plowed field in a cluster of flimsy shelters hammered together out of wood, nails and plastic sheeting outside the town of Jib Janine in the Bekaa Valley.He received his new prosthetic leg from Handicap International, a non-governmental organization that, among other things, helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan who have lost limbs in the war. The amount of time needed to adjust to a new limb varies, said Henri Bonnin, a field director for Handicap International. Older adults generally struggle more than young people, as do amputees who lose their leg above the knee.
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