May 17, 2017 15:53 IST

Disabled Palestinian volunteers during wheat harvest

1 of 5 Disabled Palestinian,Palestinian Louy al-Najar,Louy al-Najar,potential employers
Nine years ago, Louy al-Najar's life was changed forever by an Israeli missile that exploded as he rushed to rescue wounded neighbors during a Gaza war between Palestinian militants and Israel. He lost both legs below the knee, a crushing blow that has not dented his spirit. Credit: Reuters
2 of 5 Disabled Palestinian,Palestinian Louy al-Najar,Louy al-Najar,potential employers
Palestinian man Louy Al-Najar harvests wheat at a field in an area adjacent to the border with Israel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Credit: Reuters
3 of 5 Disabled Palestinian,Palestinian Louy al-Najar,Louy al-Najar,potential employers
Now, aged 28, Najar has come to the aid of his neighbors again, joining them in a wheat harvest in fields near the border with Israel. Credit: Reuters
4 of 5 Disabled Palestinian,Palestinian Louy al-Najar,Louy al-Najar,potential employers
"I try always to make myself useful and defy my situation," said Najar, who completed a university degree a few months after his return from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Reuters
5 of 5 Disabled Palestinian,Palestinian Louy al-Najar,Louy al-Najar,potential employers
Holding a scythe, Najar crawls along the ground, out to prove, he said, that "disability is in the mind, not the body". Credit: Reuters